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Fulham manager Chris Coleman disappointed

last updated Saturday 09th December 2006, 9:51 PM
Fulham boss Chris Coleman
Fulham boss Chris Coleman

Fulham manager Chris Coleman said he was disappointed by the way his team collapsed in the second half.

'I thought we were okay in the first 45 minutes,' he said. However, the good work was undone as, following Steven Gerrard's opener, Liverpool then added three more for a convincing victory for The Reds.

Coleman was left frustrated as he felt his side threw away their hard work in the first half by letting their heads drop after the first Liverpool goal.

"We should have shut up shop then and steadied ourselves before trying to nick a goal on the break.

'It was obvious we had to set our stall out early doors after two poor performances against Manchester City and Blackburn where the game was finished after 35 minutes.

'The defining moment was the first goal going in and after that for 15 minutes we fell away.

Coleman said he was disappointed by the award of the penalty when the ball hit the diving Ian Pearce's arms.

'Our concentration was poor, we lacked a bit of discipline and belief we could get back into it.

"Two weeks ago we beat Arsenal and everything was rosy but now we've lost two on the bounce and that's the way it is in this league - it's ruthless and any mistakes will be punished."

'That is something for us to go away and think about.'




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