Tim Ream admitted Fulham were frustrated not to take all three points away from Deepdale this afternoon – but did enjoy scoring his first goal for nearly four years.

The American centre back gave the Whites a first half lead with a close range finish from Jean Michael Seri’s free kick, although Marco Silva’s side were very much second best after the break. Preston equalised through a controversial strike from substitute Ched Evans and Ream reflected on the disappointment at dropping more times. He told FFCTV after the final whistle:

“It’s still frustrating. Obviously, we were in a winning position and maybe we were a little bit hard done by for their goal. With what’s been going through the squad, two points from two games is not exactly where we want to be but we’ve gotten through it and go again on Friday. Everybody is disappointed with the result today, but you remain unbeaten and we’re still top of the table for the time being.

The veteran defender conceded that there were plenty of below par elements to Fulham’s performance this afternoon.

“I don’t necessarily know that we did enough [to win the game] in the attacking sense. We were kind of second best to a lot of second balls in midfield. We’re disappointed. We weren’t at our best today. Every single person in that changing room knows that. That’s something that we can reflect on and look at this week and really get down to work and nail that down.”

He was, however, delighted to score his first Fulham goal since a header against Cardiff on Boxing Day in 2017.

“It’s nice. It’s been a while! We work a lot on set pieces. Each guy has our different slots that we run through. I saw a gap and I kind of went through it. I knew the ball was being put in there and we do work on that quite a bit. It was just a matter of getting anything on it – at that distance, the keeper’s not going to have much time to react. Luckily it went to my left, I just stuck a toe out and it went into the back of the net.”