AARON Hughes insists lady luck was not on Fulham's side during Saturday's 1-1 draw with Bolton Wanderers.
Trailing to Ivan Klasnics' first half strike Roy Hodgson's men came flying out of the traps after the break, laying siege to the Trotters' goal.
However, just had they ahd done on one occasion in the first half Bolton's stout rearguard cleared a goal-bound chance off the line while inspired goalkeeper Jussi Jaaskelainen produced a string of fine saves to earn Gary Megson's strugglers a precious point.
And while central defender Hughes was unhappy with the goal his side conceded he was buoyed by their second half display after struggling to get to grips with Bolton's physical presence in a first half littered with fouls.
"We would have liked it to have been a win but these sort of games are always going to be tough", said the Northern Ireland talisman. "We said before the game that it might take a little while before we can get a chance to get the ball down and play.
"We had to match their fight and we really put them on the back foot at the start of the second half and went on from there. We got the goal and had a few more chances cleared off the line, so perhaps we were a little unlucky not to have nicked a winner."
Fulham have conceded just six goals in their seven Premier League matches at the Cottage so far this season and Hughes says credit must go to to the entire team and not just the defensive unit.
"The longer that continues the better", he added. "If we don't concede goals it means were are well on our way to at least getting a point and maybe something more. It's very much a team game and everyone plays their part when we get a clean sheet – it's a big effort from everyone."