Fulham full back Scott Malone says his side will keep playing their own brand of football despite defensive mistakes costing them their unbeaten start to the season against Birmingham City yesterday.
Slavisa Jokanovic has impressed upon his players the importance of playing the ball out from the back rather than going route out – and Fulham’s new philosophy is not about to change despite some carelessness in the defensive third leading directly to the penalty that Clayton Donaldson converted to seal a Blues’ win at Craven Cottage.
Malone had no complaints about either spot-kick awarded by Tony Harrington and felt a degree of personal responsibility for not getting Fulham back into the contest after half time, as he told GetWestLondon:
It was our fault. I think we lost it, rather than them winning it. First half wasn’t good enough, we were not up to our standards. The ethos of this system, playing football from the back, i think it has killed us a little bit but we’ll continue to do it – it was just an off day.
I had two good chances at the end, I should have done better. We had chances to win the game, even with ten men, but it wasn’t to be.
The first one was a penalty, I’m right in front of it. The second one… they were both penalties to be honest, I can’t really have any arguments about that.