Chris Coleman believes Fulham did enough to beat Newcastle at St. James’ Park yesterday afternoon.

The Londoners were denied by a late equaliser from Charles N’Zogbia after taking the lead through American international Brian McBride.

Coleman told his post-match press conference:

“We were making chances and if we got the second goal we could have gone on and scored three or four like last year. We’ve got to build on that. We had a good performance against Everton, we’ve come here and taken a point but we’ve gained more than a point in my eyes – it was a fantastic performance.

“Last year were didn’t deserve to come here and win 4-1, Newcastle were by far the better team. Today we deserved to win, we were the better team but sometimes you don’t get what you deserve. I thought it was a great performance by us and I’m delighted with the players.

“You know what the crowd are like here, if they’d have scored early doors we could have been in a bit of trouble but I thought our centre backs were outstanding, they kept Michael and Alan very quite the whole game. When the ball did get to them, we defended very well.

“We can’t compete in the transfer market with Newcastle but we can on the pitch when our players put up a performance like that in their backyard. It was another wonder strike that beat us and you can’t do anything about them. Tony Warner’s a bit disappointed because he thought it was going over the bar.

“We missed a few chances but to be fair to the guys, they’re getting in there now. Our midfield boys are gambling more, they’re pushing forward and not holding back. We look more dangerous overall and we played some lovely football.”