FULHAM took so long to get going at Aston Villa because they failed to cope with the home side's pressing game, defender Stephen Kelly has
The Whites were awful during the first half at Villa Park and it was only after the break that they began to show glimpses of the home form which has been so impressive of late.
But arguably, they paid the price for their slow start when the home side plundered an injury time goal to claim a first home win for four months.
“We didn't get into the rhythm of our passing game as much as we have done in the last couple of weeks and it was a little bit lacklustre from us,” Kelly conceded.
“We rectified it in the second half and got ourselves back into the game, and their energy wore down a little bit, but the manager was disappointed with the way we played.
“Credit to Villa, they pressed us really high up the pitch, which disturbs the way we like to play. We like to get it at the back and build up from there and it forced us to kick it a lot more than we like to. That's not our style and not the way we like to play.”