Fulham manager Rene Meulensteen has apologised to the club’s fans after their 6-0 trouncing at Hull , admitting the performance left him “shocked”.

Steve Bruce’s men six second-half goals to ensure Fulham remain in the Premier League’s relegation zone.

“An apology for the travelling fans is right in this place,” Meulensteen said.

“I’m shocked. I don’t know if there was something in the tea. Today was just not good enough.”

It was Fulham’s fourth defeat in six matches under their new manager, who took over from the sacked Martin Jol.

Meulensteen’s men will host fellow strugglers West Ham and Sunderland in their next two league games, with an FA Cup third-round trip to Norwich separating the crucial fixtures.

Any optimism derived from their 2-1 league win at Carrow Road on Thursday was extinguished in a hapless second 45 minutes at the KC Stadium and they have now conceded 41 goals this season, including 15 in their last four games.

“I did not see that coming and the players did not see that coming,” added Meulensteen of the 6-0 hammering at Hull.

“We didn’t play particularly well in the first half but were still in the game. The spell from 60 minutes onwards they scored three quick goals and it was game over. We couldn’t come back from it.

“I thought [the game] against Norwich was much better, but today wasn’t and we need to go back to the drawing board. We can’t get too down about it, there was improvement against Norwich but today was not acceptable,” he said. “We have to make sure we react, so in that way it’s good we have another game so soon.”