MARTIN Jol said his team paid for dropping off the pace in the second half as they were beaten by a late goal at Newcastle United for the second season running.
The Dutchman said: “To concede in the last five minutes is very disappointing, but we should have been a bit more energetic in the second half.
“We looked a bit tired in the second half and that put all the pressure on. Last year was the same, they scored one goal and were over the moon as if they played great, but they didn’t. We deserved at least a point.”
Jol added: “I think we could have done a lot of damage today and got some points on the board.
“In the first half we looked good in midfield, but the only thing we could be critical of was the lack of a cutting edge.
“We had three or four situations in front of goal where we miscontrolled it through Darren Bent and Alexander Ka?anikli? - we could have punished them.
“I was pleased with my defenders and the midfielders. Bent was always playing off the shoulder. We could have done better and created more.”
Jol hinted it was unlikely Fulham would sign anyone else before the transfer deadline.
:“If you saw what we did with Bent, he gave us what we wanted,” said the Whites manager.
“Adel Taarabt had a little ankle problem after Burton Athletic and he’s a terrific player. With Damien Duff, Ka?anikli?, Ashkan Dejagah and Taarabt, we are okay.”