Roy Hodgson felt that his Fulham side were unlucky to lose 2-1 against West Ham at Upton Park.
Hodgson saw his side take a seventh minute lead through Simon Davies’ free-kick, but goals from Dean Ashton and Anton Ferdinand saw the Cottagers slip to their 10th game without a win.
The result sees Fulham remain second from bottom in the Premier League and leaves them five points adrift of safety.
Hodgson though was happy with the effort put in by his players and felt that on another day the result may well have been different.
“I thought we were unlucky not to get something,” he told Sky Sports.
“The performance was satisfactory and we did some good things, but when you are down the bottom the type of goal that won the game for them happens and then down the other end we missed a sitter and had one cleared off the line.”
Hodgson admitted that their bright start was something they have been working on, but was disappointed with the way his side folded after Ashton’s equaliser.
“We go into every game hoping for a fast start, because it’s important to make sure that you are ready from the first whistle to allow you to get a grip on the game,” he said.
“The equaliser set us back, but I thought that we were good value for 1-1 at the break.
“I hoped that we would be able to keep hold of that, but we tried a few changes and just couldn’t get an equaliser.”
Asked whether he thought there was enough quality within the Fulham squad to ensure Premier League survival, Hodgson was positive that there is.
“I would be tempted to say ‘yes’,” he admitted.
“There are enough games left. It will not be easy but it won’t be easy for many of the other teams around the relegation zone either. I believe we can do it.
“I think the players showed today that they are together and gave a good account of themselves.
“The problem now is that we need to start winning football matches.”