Coleman: Two points dropped
By Graeme Bailey
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Chris Coleman felt Fulham threw away victory at Charlton, after they drew 1-1.Fulham manager Chris Coleman felt his side should have taken all three points from their 1-1 draw with Charlton.
The London derby was a pulsating end-to-end affair and The Cottagers took the lead through Collins John, but they could not hang on as Danny Murphy levelled in the second period.
"We were one-nil up and I told the guys at half time don't be Fulhamish and start slow, but that is exactly what we did and we conceded a silly goal," Coleman told Sky Sports.
"I was disappointed with that and I think we dropped two points.
"Charlton are second or third in the league, they are a quality team, but in the first half I thought we were the better team, they hit the post, but we had our chances and were very lively.
"I am a bit disappointed that we have dropped two points, I know that sounds strange coming against a team like Charlton but when we were one-nil up I said if we scored the next goal it was finished but we got sloppy in the first five minutes [of the second half].
"To be fair we got back into it and the longer it was going on I thought they were frustrated, but before the game we would obviously take 1-1."
The point took Fulham out of the bottom three on goals scored and Coleman was delighted with that boost.
"It is massive," he said.
"It is the first time we have been in the bottom three since I have been in charge and it is the worst feeling, honestly.
"I can understand other managers who have been in the bottom three and it kind of makes you stronger because I have not experienced that before and it is not somewhere I want to be, but the only way you can get away from that is by getting results and we have started tonight."
Coleman thought that losing French star Philippe Christanval in the first half hampered his side's chances.
"I think when we took Philippe Christanval off it disrupted us a bit," he added.
"He's hurt his hamstring which is unfortunate because once he's got games under his belt he's going to be a fine signing for us."