Chris Coleman was delighted with Fulham’s application at Arsenal – but criticised his side’s defensive errors as the Whites slumped to a 4-1 defeat.

The Cottagers stormed into a surprise lead thanks to a lovely chip from Claus Jensen and initially defended resolutely but were undone in a disappointing second half.

Coleman said afterwards: “We had a go, we didn’t come and lie down. When we were 1-0 up, we were still throwing men forward but without being kamikaze. But I was bitterly disappointed with the way we defended the four goals. They were all avoidable and I was disappointed for Tony Warner, who performed well.

“It was poor, sloppy and our concentration levels weren’t good enough. We were drifting, ball-watching, giving away the ball and not getting the right side of the man. If we can’t be trusted to give a pass out of defence, we should just boot it 90 yards upfield like other teams in this league.

“But there were a lot of positives from us. We competed on the pitch, created our own chances and Arsenal were never really comfortable. At 4-1, it looks like a hammering but it wasn’t.”