Fulham boss Chris Coleman revealed a ‘half-time chat’ was behind his side’s rejuvenated display in the second 45 minutes against Portsmouth.

Having gone in trailing at the interval with boos from their own fans ringing in their ears, Fulham’s players received a tongue-lashing from Coleman.

However, the Cottagers coach played down the severity of his team-talk, but revealed he did point out his side’s failings in a poor first-half showing.

“We just had a little chat at half time,” he said.

“We were slow in possession, we weren’t making runs into the last third, they got a goal, we looked nervous again, we got a penalty and we missed that and we’ve got a mountain to climb.

“We basically played 4-2-4, pushed everyone up because you might as well lose 3-0 as 1-0 and in the second half I thought we were magnificent.”

When pushed as to how severe his words were, Coleman added: “They’ve taken it on board. We do start slow but once you rattle their cages they roll their sleeves up.

“We had 11 committed men in the last 45 minutes and we were a different team in the second half.”