Fulham manager Roy Hodgson was philosophical in defeat, and denied his players had been complacent.

“We were prepared for the game, but we just didn’t play as well in the second half as we did in pre-season,” he said.

“In the first half I think the team were coming together well and we played some good football.

“It became a fight at both ends in the second half, and in those circumstances it was always possible a defensive error would settle the match, which is what happened.

“It’s tough to come away without a result after the first half performance, but Hull were very motivated in the second half, they chased things down, and we made some mistakes as a result.”

Hodgson refused to blame Paul Konchesky for his mistake: “He made the sort of error he rarely makes and he understands he didn’t do the right thing in the situation.

“In the second half Hull used the long ball game and it disturbed our rhythm and we got sucked into that level.

“That’s no complaint towards Hull, but it meant we weren’t able to give the ball to our midfield players.”