Martin Jol cut a frustrated figure after Fulham were beaten by two late goals at Stoke.
Jon Walters and Rory Delap made it another miserable away day for the Whites, who were never really able to capitalise on a bright start in the Potteries.
Jol told the press: “I think we started off brightly. The first 20 minutes we kept the ball, we could play. It’s not easy, a lot of teams have problems here, but I don’t think we had a big problem. The only thing is you need to score a goal, because you always know that they are capable of scoring from set pieces.
“And that is why we lost this game, because we didn’t score. We had a few chances, but if your aim is a nil-nil draw, you have to do your bit for 90 minutes, not just 80.”
“Before the game we said the grass was high, maybe it’s one of their tactics but it didn’t help them because we did well. After that we tried to fight them and contain them instead of playing our own style but it was not easy today, you know.”
Jol admitted he would have settled for a point prior to Stoke’s late scoring burst.
“We didn’t play well enough to win this game so it was always until the 80th minute a draw would have been a fine result but then it wasn’t to be.”