Roy rues poor first-half display

Fulham manager Roy Hodgson was disappointed with his side's first-half display in the 2-1 defeat by Manchester City at Craven Cottage.

The Cottagers were two goals behind at the interval and although they improved greatly in the second 45 minutes, they were unable to draw level with the Citizens.

Hodgson told the club's official website:"I thought the team did remarkably well to come back and had much the better of the second half and came close to an equaliser.

"There was a great chance for Stefano Okaka that he unfortunately missed and a penalty appeal that might have led to a second penalty.

"It was tough to come in 2-0 down at half-time to the two counter-attacks that we didn't defend well enough. We had a couple of close shaves in the first-half – I wasn't that satisfied with our first-half performance.

"In the second half we did much better and I would have liked the game to have gone on a bit longer. Maybe I would have liked to have seen two penalties given instead of one.

"I don't think that we were out-run or out-powered; I thought that our players worked very hard throughout the 90 minutes.

"We got back to 2-1 and came very close to 2-2, but we couldn't quite make it. City were much happier to hear the final whistle than we were."

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