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Chris Coleman was so furious with Fulham’s defending after the 3-3 draw with Aston Villa that he sent Steve Kean to conduct the post-match press confidence.

The Fulham assistant manager admitted: “Chris is very angry. He knows the lads up front have worked their socks off but the defence have watched the balls into the box and he is not pleased about that. It was not the worst we have defended this season, we have defended poorly a few times.

“We didn’t deal with crosses. We can’t say much about the guys up front because they are scoring goals. Now we have scored six goals in two games but have come away with just one point.”

Mark Crossley, who passed a late fitness test on a hamstring injury before the game, should have stopped both of Ridgewell’s strikes and Kean admitted the Welsh goalkeeper was struggling towards the end.

“Crossley was not fully fit. He tried it and put himself up and felt fatigued in last 10 minutes. He is disappointed he didn’t deal with the crosses. There were a lot coming in. It depends on how he reacts to treatment to see if he plays on Saturday.”