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Harrison Reed admitted Fulham ‘weren’t good enough’ after the Whites slumped to their first defeat in twelve games against Sheffield United.

The Fulham midfielder gave a frank interview to FFCTV after the final whistle at Craven Cottage, conceding that the Blades deserved the victory secured by Iliman’s Ndiaye’s stunning early strike.

“It wasn’t good enough tonight by our standards. As a team, we weren’t good enough. They probably deserved the win. We’ll keep our heads down, we’re top of the league. We don’t get too emotional. We’ll get back to the training ground put things right. We’ll never get up.

We felt like maybe the goal would come – sometimes, it’s not meant to be. No matter how hard you try – the chances just didn’t happen tonight. I think the chances were limited anyway. We were maybe just waiting for that one clear cut one and hopefully put it away. It wasn’t to be. We’re very disappointed. We need to dust ourselves down, get back to the training ground and keep working hard.”

Reed still feels Fulham are well placed to go up automatically, but wants to return to winning ways against Birmingham City on Boxing Day.

“At the start of the season our aim was to get promoted. We’re top of the league. We know our form of late isn’t where it should be. We’re working relentlessly to put that right, get back to scoring goals and winning games. That won’t stop. Boxing Day is something we’ll look forward to. The fans in here, the Christmas feeling. Hopefully we can come away with three points and a smile on everyone’s face.”