Felix Magath says the belief sapped out of his Fulham players after Manchester City opened the scoring in a 5-0 rout at the Etihad Stadium this afternoon.
Yaya Toure helped himself to a hat-trick before Fernandinho and Martin Demichelis put the icing on the cake for Mauel Pellegrini’s title contenders.
Toure’s first two goals were penalties after Fernando Amorebieta twice fouled City players in the box and was given his marching orders for two bookable offences..
Fulham manager Magath, whose side are rock bottom of the Premier League, thought the first of the two spot-kicks wash harsh as Amorebieta was adjudged to have fouled Alvaro Negredo.
The referee consulted with his linesman before awarding the decision and Magath reckons it knocked the stuffing out of his struggling Whites.
“Until the first penalty it was not bad,” he said. “Unfortunately when you gift the first penalty, in my opinion it was not a penalty, that gifts Man City the power.
“The team does not seem to believe we can win after the first goal.
Yaya Toure of Manchester City scores the opening goal from the penalty spot “Until the first penalty we were in the game. Such a penalty changed the whole atmosphere. The players didn’t have the confidence to change the situation.”
Manchester City have been particularly strong at the Eithad this term and Magath knew it would be a tall order for his relegation-haunted Cottagers to take anything away from their trip north.
“No one expected we would win at Man City,” Magath added. “We have to win our home games, that is the most important work we have to do.
“That we lost today is not a problem. We have to win our home games and that is important for us.
“We can look forward to next week but we have to talk about this situation, that we don’t fight to the end of the game.
“It is not correct, especially for our fans. They came to Manchester, like us, to win and make a good game.
“We have to fight for 90 minutes and not only 60.”