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Fulham defender Alfie Mawson not happy with Fulham defence

last updated Monday 03rd September 2018, 8:32 PM


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New Fulham defender Alfie Mawson has declared that he will not allow Fulham to continue conceding cheap goals and said 'it has to stop'.

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 opening four games, only a fewer number than Huddersfield and pointless West Ham.

Fulham were put under a lot of pressure by Christ Hughton's side at the Amex but were generally comfortable in defence, and Mawson believes the backline must take responsiblity.

The former Swansea defender said: "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."

The Whites are yet to start with the same back four in a Premier League game, but with the international break, Jokanovic plans to hold a mini pre-season to help form some cohesion.

Only Maxime Le Marchand has played every match thus far in defence, with Mawson coming in for his league debut despite not been quite fully fit. The ex-Barnsley star is already enjoying life in west London however.

He said: "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."























Source Scott Trotter at football.london
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