Frustrated Ross McCormack says Fulham find themselves in a catch-22 situation.
The Whites find themselves at the bizarre situation of being at the top of the Championship’s scoring charts but rock bottom of the defensive league table.
McCormack’s late free-kick rescued a point for the managerless side at Bolton Wanderers on Saturday and took his individual tally to 14 strikes for the campaign.
Fulham have scored 36 times already this term, twice more than west London neighbours Brentford, but are unable to move up the table due to their leaking backline at the other end.
The Cottagers’ defence has been breached 38 times this term once more than current drop-zone occupants Charlton and Rotherham, to keep them some way short of play-off contention.
Had it not been for the sharpshooting of McCormack and Moussa Dembele, Fulham would surely find themselves in the bottom-three and the Scotsman admits the mood in the camp is downbeat.
“It has been a bit of a catch-22 for us this year,” he said after the stalemate at the Macron Stadium.
“I have said it numerous times, there are not many teams in the world that can go and score the amount of goals that we have scored and not concede.
“We have gone full circle, we were trying to solidify and concede less but we were not an attacking threat. However, we found our attacking form once again but just couldn’t put our chances away.
“We really went for it today in the first half. We took the approach that attack was the best form of defence and we could have had at least two more before the half.
“We are pretty downbeat after that result.
“We had numerous chances to put this game to bed and we didn’t take them. Moussa is through one on one, Kaca is through one on one.
“Even towards the end I had a shot and hit the bar and Ben has put a good chance into the side netting.
“It was not a good day at the office for us. We failed to take the chances we had to finish Bolton off.”