Alfie Mawson has vowed to stop Fulham conceding ‘cheap goals’ as he gets an extended run in the side following his move from Swansea.
The Cottagers conceded twice against Brighton at the weekend as the Seagulls came from two down to salvage a point and the 24-year-old believes his side could have been further punished due to costly errors.
Slavisa Jokanovic’s side have conceded nine goals in their first four games – the worst worst tally in the division behind Huddersfield and West Ham. The point at the AMEX was particularly deflating given how dominant Fulham looked in the second half and Mawson has called on his defensive colleagues to take responsibility.
“It was a sloppy first goal that we conceded. We have got to man up and improve. If a man has got to go down he has got to go down, if a man has got to clear the ball he has got to clear the ball. It is a learning curve for us, but a point for us could be big.
“There are two ways of looking at it. We have played well and scored two good goals. At the end of the day you have to take what you can, but when you are two goals up you have to win the game, it is as simple as that. We have shown how good we are already. At times today we were unbelievable. It was a joy to watch at times. We picked a side apart that were in the Europa League [Burnley].
“We are conceding too many cheap goals. It has to stop – I won’t allow it. We were lucky as well because Betts pulled off a great save for the penalty. Decisions do not go your way sometimes. We could have lost the game with the momentum that Brighton built up, but we have to take heart that we saved the point.”
“I am building there fitness back up, and I am happy to get the 90 minutes under my belt. After playing on Tuesday night I wasn’t sure if I was going to be involved today. I am really grateful for the opportunity. Playing or not playing, I really want the team to do well, I really like playing here.”