Fulham manager Kit Symons reckoned Fulham were the ‘nearly’ men at Burnley in a 3-1 defeat – but rued two sloppy bits of defending that ultimately produced a bridge too far for Whites to cross.

The Whites might have pulled off another outstanding campaign after coming from 2-0 to beat Reading last month but couldn’t quite replicate the trick at Turf Moor. The Fulham boss still considered his side pretty unfortunate on the balance of play.

“We were unlucky not to get anything from the game but we gave two very poor goals away in the first half,” he said. “Andre Gray had a free header and then a clean run through on goal. Other than those two lapses, I don’t think Joe Lewis made a save first half.

“We gave ourselves a bit of a mountain to climb, but we nearly did it. We nearly got ourselves back into the game, we got a good goal from Ross (McCormack) and a few other opportunities, but things wouldn’t quite fall for us.”

“We rode our luck a little bit early on in the second half when Gray hit the bar, going through after another lapse from us, but we were on the front foot and I honestly thought we’d get something out of it. So I’m a bit disappointed in that respect, but very proud of my team.

“You lose games of football sometimes but if you’re going to go down then go down with your boots on having a right go. I thought we were very brave, we really had a go, and if we had got something out of the game I don’t think too many people could have complained.