Captain Tom Cairney has called on Fulham to capture Championship consistency quickly or forget about another tilt at the play-offs.

The Scottish midfielder was full of frustration after Slavisa Jokanovic’s handed struggling Sunderland their first home win for 364 days yesterday.

It was very disappointing. I think after winning three out of four we came here with confidence but we couldn’t find the last pass, that last cross or the last touch. They had a lot of men behind the ball, there weren’t any clear cut chances. We had a few shots, a header and I had one blocked in the box.

We had a lot of possession, but we couldn’t create chances. It was tough. I don’t know why – we’ll work it out when we watch the game back, but they defended well.

Cairney admitted that Fulham do sometimes try and search for the perfect goal – and that a more direct approach might pay off at times.

We try to cut teams open and [play] square balls in the box. We don’t score many scruffy goals. We could do with scoring a few more of them this season.

The Fulham playmaker is confident the Whites can return to winning ways next weekend against Barnsley.

I’m confident we can bounce back next Saturday. Honestly this league is horrible. It’s tough and unforgiving and we’ll try and forget about it by Tuesday or Wednesday, then go again. It’s all about consistency in this league. If you’re going to do well you need to find that as soon as possible.