Date: 3rd February 2008 at 7:52pm
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Martin O’Neill was totally honest after the game and told the official site that they didn’t play well enough.

‘We got ourselves in front and we should have been able to see it through. We didn’t defend their equalising goal well at all. The game was there for the winning today – and that’s the most disappointing thing of all. We didn’t play well, fine, I accept that, but Fulham didn’t really create anything either throughout the course of the game. It’s annoying, particularly since we managed to get ourselves in front.’

Well, Fulham managed to put us in front… !

He added, ‘The first half was a non-event but the onus is on them as the home side to go out and try and do something. That’s what we try to do home and away and for that reason I think today was an opportunity lost. It’s only our second away defeat of the season if you look at the positives but overall I am really, really disappointed.’

He also complimented the ‘tremendous’ away support who were mighty for us once again.

‘It’s the liveliest pitch in the league and there was a swirling wind but that’s no excuse. It was up to us and we didn’t do it. We shouldn’t have got beaten today.’

Roy Hodgson meanwhile was delighted with is first win as Fulham manager. He told Sky Sports, ‘I thought it was a very good game of football and I think honestly over the 90 minutes we don’t need to apologise for the victory. There was little spells when they were in the ascendancy and spells when we were, but over 90 minutes I thought that we played well and I thought we deserved that little bit of luck we got with a good free-kick which won us the game.’

Adding, ‘Remember Villa are one of the strongest teams defensively in the league and I thought today we probably caused them as many problems as most teams cause them.’