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Harry - We lacked zip

Posted on 15 November 2008  - 12:00

Harry Redknapp admitted that we struggled to get going as we fell to the first defeat under his management at Fulham.

Harry - We lacked zip

Harry Redknapp admitted that we struggled to get going as we fell to the first defeat under his management at Fulham.

The home side worked tirelessly to restrict our play and we found it difficult to match the level of our recent performances - form that had taken us to five wins and a draw in Harry's first six games.

That said, it took an unfortunate opening goal for Fulham to go ahead in the first half but it was hard to argue that they deserved to double their advantage when Andy Johnson struck from close range in the 70th minute.

Substitute Fraizer Campbell offered hope with a smart finish to make it 2-1 with 10 minutes left but there were no late heroics on this occasion.

"We started in second gear for some reason and didn't play with the same energy we've been playing with," reflected Harry at Craven Cottage. "There was no zip to us.

"There wasn't a lot happening early in the game but we didn't take the game to them as I expected.

"We then conceded a terrible goal just as we were starting to get some control. It was difficult. We weren't at our best, for sure.

"Credit to Fulham, they worked their socks off.

"We've done that in the first five or six games but this time we weren't quite as good. We have to pick ourselves up, we've Blackburn at home next week, another big game, we need to pick up points and get out of the bottom three."