Michael Madl knows Fulham have to stop conceding sloppy goals if they are to sustain a genuine promotion push this season after they drew 2-2 with Derby at Craven Cottage on Saturday.

The Austrian international was disappointed that the Whites only claimed a draw from a game they largely dominated but rued the defensive disorganisation that allowed Alex Pearce a free run at Tom Ince’s corner to equalise fifteen minutes from time.

Madl told GetWestLondonSport:

The game could have gone in any direction but over 90 minutes we were the better side. One of them blocked one of our players like we tried to do it in training; but we have to defend set pieces better.

The centre half could be set for a lot more action over the festive period after Tomas Kalas limped off with a hamstring strain just thirty minutes into Saturday’s contest. Madl, comfortably Fulham’s best defender last season, has struggled for game time this term after Slavisa Jokanovic brought in Ragnar Sigurdsson to partner the Chelsea loanee but is now set to start the Boxing Day clash at Ipswich.