Ryan Williams was left bitterly disappointed after Fulham were hammered 5-1 at Derby on his full senior debut for the club.

The Australian midfielder was brought into the side to shore up central midfield after making his debut as a substitute during the home defeat by Wolves on Wednesday night. It looked as though Fulham might have been able to turn the tide when Scott Parker slotted home a second half equaliser, but four further Derby goals without reply left Fulham marooned to the bottom of the Championship table at the final whistle.

I’d rather we’d won and I’d sat on the bench than played the full game and lost. But that’s football, we just need to pick ourselves up and go again on Tuesday at Brentford in the Capital One Cup.

I’m just trying to do my best for the team and for myself. We’re really disheartened at the minute because we haven’t won a game but there are 42 matches left and if we win the majority of them, it could be a very good finish for us. So everyone’s keeping their heads high and trying to push on.

When we scored, we really felt we had them on the ropes. But then we conceded a poor second goal which has killed us. I’d put it down to a lack of concentration; we were letting runners get past us, that sort of thing.

We were clinging on a little bit at the end. We shouldn’t have let it happen. Their goals came in quick succession which is really not good from our point of view. We just have to pick ourselves up, try and work on what went wrong and get ready for Tuesday.

Williams’ disappointment was obvious and some of his team-mates looked shell-shocked when they came over to thank the travelling fans at the end of the game.

There’s not an awful lot I can say to them. They deserve a win and we deserve a win. We want to do it, not only for the fans, but for ourselves and the club. I really think a win will set us on our way and once we get that we won’t look bacc