Fulham boss Chris Coleman felt his side deserved to claim something from their 2-2 draw at Charlton Athletic.
The Cottagers left it late to earn a draw after Darren Ambrose and Darren Bent had cancelled out Brian McBride’s opener for the visitors.
Franck Queudrue proved Fulham’s hero when he struck home after Coleman’s side were controversially awarded a free-kick for a supposed hand-ball on Charlton’s Djimi Traore.
“I think we started really bright,” Coleman told Sky Sports. “We took the game to Charlton and we got a good goal.
“But then within seven minutes, we conceded an equaliser, which was disappointing.
“In the first half, we weren’t really in trouble. I think we looked the stronger team.
“To concede the goal before half-time, certainly in the fashion we conceded it, was disappointing to say the least.
“It’s gut-wrenching when you should be going in at least level, if not in front, but you’re 2-1 down.
“In the second half, we just went for it and pushed. They weren’t going to give anything away, with such an important three points for them to get.
“We knew it was Alan Pardew’s first game, the Charlton fans were up for it and the atmosphere was there, but we kept going.
“I’m sure there will be a bit controversy around the free-kick, but sometimes you get them and sometimes you don’t.
“I think we earned that bit of fortune tonight with our hard work, but to score when we did was a tough blow for Charlton.”