A goal up through a Robbie Keane spot-kick following a hand ball by Ian Pearce, it looked as though the lead would be preserved as the seconds ticked away towards the break. However, a Michael Brown trip on Louis Boa Morte - although the offence appeared to be outside the area - gave Steed Malbranque the chance to level that he accepted.
"The penalty was the defining moment because if you go in at half-time 1-0 up then it changes your philosophy of the game," considered the acting boss afterwards.
"We tried to chase it in the second half and at 1-1 it was a very close game and looked good for a draw. We had a lot of the ball in the last 30 yards but didn't manage as many efforts at goal as we'd have liked.
"It was a hard and fast game which in the end went to Fulham, although it could have gone to us or ended in a draw, it was that close."
Meanwhile, David praised both sets of players for the efforts in coping with the difficult weather conditions on the day.
"The players conquered the conditions magnificently and that's a tribute to them," he added.
David Pleat described the penalty awarded to Fulham on the stroke of half-time as the defining moment of the game.