Fulham boss Roy Hodgson was magnanimous in defeat, crediting Blackburn Rovers with a deserved victory.

“I’ve got to say I thought Blackburn played with a lot of energy. We were struggling to match that energy,” said Hodgson.

“There have been a lot of games for us recently and players are beginning to look tired.

“They’ve played the long-ball game very well and forced us back.

“I can’t say they didn’t deserve to win the game, I can’t say that we did enough to win it. We lacked a bit of energy but the lads put up a brave performance.

“We simply met a Blackburn team with more energy than us, more strength than us and as a result they were able to get the three points which were so vital for them. We’ll just have to wait for ours.”