Fulham manager Roy Hodgson was far from pleased with Blackburn’s goal in their 1-1 draw at Ewood Park.
The Cottagers clinched a draw thanks to Jimmy Bullard’s splendid late free-kick.
Fulham had gone behind just before the hour when Morten Gamst Pedersen headed home although he collided with Paul Stalteri just before scoring and Hodgson was not happy.
“It could be very significant [the point] if it is the point that keeps us in the league but I think it is significant as we played well in the game, we have worked well, I thought if anything when we went 1-0 down we could have easily been 1-0 up,” he told Sky Sports.
“I think it would have been cruel fate if we had lost the game. But of course we are going to harbour regrets that we did not score some of the chances we created and we harbour even more regrets that the goal Blackburn scored was not disallowed.
“I thought he [Stalteri] was shoved to the ground! I think Mike Riley is an excellent referee but unfortunately referees don’t sometimes see incidents in the area and sometimes it means you get goals against and unfortunately that has happened to us a few times recently.
“But we are not whinging, moaning, we’re not whining, we get on with it and we came back from the 1-0 down to create a number of good chances before we equalised.
“I think we gave our answer on the field but I can’t stand here and say that isn’t a problem but I understand why he didn’t give it because I am a football person and football people should be able to at least recognise when their teams commit fouls or when a foul is committed against their team and I hope that I am not so one-eyed that if one of our players did that and a goal is disallowed I would not be complaining.”
Hodgson was more than happy with the way his side played.
“I thought we defended well and attacked well,” he said.
“I thought we created more than enough chances, although that has been a problem as we don’t always create those chances, but at least we are creating those chances now, and I thought defensively we were solid throughout against a very good team, and I have to be happy, but we are in a position where points are not enough – we need victories and three points and we have got to hope we can keep this level of performance up and have a little bit more kindness showed by the men in black.”
The Fulham boss is adamant his side – currently second from bottom – can stay up.
“I think the performances we have shown recently would suggest we have got the necessary quality and the necessary ability,” he said.
“But we just have to keep working and me talking about getting out of it will not get us out of it, only performances will do and we just have to keep working hard on the training ground.”