Slavisa Jokanovic was left to rue mistakes at both ends of the pitch as Fulham fell to defeat at Everton.
The Whites had good chances with the score goalless – and also at just 1-0 down – but failed to take them, with the hosts going on to win by three to extend our Goodison Park curse.
“It was a tough afternoon,” Jokanovic admitted. “We played acceptably well in the first 45 minutes but weren’t clinical enough. We had the opportunity to score the goals, [but] we didn’t do it.
“In the second half, for some reason we didn’t reach our level. They had a little bit more power and a little bit more speed to find the way to score three easy goals. We weren’t at a high enough level in these moments to defend the situation.
“It’s definitely not good news for us, conceding at the beginning of the Premier League so many goals. We must be more clinical and fix this problem at the back.
“At the beginning of the game our plan was working well. We controlled the situation and we created the chances, just unfortunately for us we weren’t clinical enough, and now we are talking about a really bad afternoon for us.
“Okay, after a loss like today it’s not the best, but we must be strong, we must trust in ourselves, we must be solid.
“We didn’t show enough ambition, we didn’t show enough to try and change the story, and we must change this kind of situation.
“Nothing is tragic, but we definitely didn’t show our maximum today here at Goodison Park.”
Fulham lost both full-backs to injury during the game, with Timothy Fosu-Mensah stretchered off early on, before Joe Bryan limped off moments after Jokanovic had made his final substitution.
When asked how long the pair are expected to be sidelined, our Head Coach replied: “Joe Bryan has some kind of hamstring problem and probably he is going to be outside the squad for a few weeks.
“Timothy has a shoulder problem, I’m not sure exactly what kind.”