Fulham caretaker manager Scott Parker unsurprisingly cut a disconsolate figure after Fulham’s fate was sealed at Vicarage Road.
The Whites were more than a match for Watford in the first half and were good value for the 1-1 scoreline, but after Will Hughes rifled the Hornets in front they closed the game out with relative ease.
The three goals conceded in the second half all arrived in a 13 minute spell, and Parker believes that was indicative of how the campaign has gone.
“We played well first half but ultimately the second half, after the second goal goes in, it’s a snapshot of our season,” he said. “It sums it up.
We’ve played well in spells in games, but that 10 minute or so period was really poor.
“We can’t weather a storm.
In the Championship you get away with it, but in this division you’re not getting away with it.
“I’m gutted. I realised how big the task was, we all understood how big the task of staying in the division was, but the most disappointing thing is the way we lost today.
“That’s just us in a snapshot. If you haven’t watched us this season but then saw that period when two, three and four went in, that’s us.
“I’m sure there’s a mental issue. When you’re at the bottom, everything becomes a lot harder.
There’s been a naivety in certain instances of certain games, and that was prevalent tonight.
“The dressing room is obviously disappointed. Everyone is gutted, as you can imagine.
It’s a squad of players who have been relegated, so they’re disappointed.”