Fulham boss Chris Coleman is demanding his team end their season in style after becoming the first side to lose to relegated Sunderland at the Stadium of Light this term.
The Londoners take on UEFA Cup finalists Middlesbrough in their final Barclays Premiership game at Craven Cottage on Sunday, and Coleman wants a much better showing than in Thursday night’s 2-1 defeat on Wearside.
“First and foremost, it’s important we get a good performance on Sunday,” said Coleman. “If we approach it right, we have a chance of getting three points. It’s important we sign off with a good performance and a good feeling because it’s a long way away, the start of next season.”
Reflecting on their defeat against the Black Cats, Coleman added: “It’s not an embarrassment. We were playing against another Premiership team at the end of the day.
“I have to say a big congratulations to Kevin Ball. Since he took over, it’s not been easy for him.
“They were pretty much relegated already, but congratulations to him.
“I was pleased in a way for the Sunderland fans. They have shown great support all season.
“It’s not been a great year, but nobody wants to go through the season not winning at home.
“I’m disappointed that we are the team they got the win against, but good luck to Bally.”