Stockdale: Anxiety cost Fulham

Fulham goalkeeper David Stockdale thinks nerves cost the team two vital points at home to Hull City on Saturday.

Last Updated: 28/04/14 at 16:18 Post Comment

David Stockdale: Couldn't stop Hull scoring two late goals

David Stockdale: Couldn't stop Hull scoring two late goals

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

The Londoners are facing the threat of relegation but looked set to secure a crucial victory after Ashkan Dejagah and Fernando Amorebieta had put them 2-0 up, but Nikica Jelavic pulled one back for Hull and Shane Long then scored a late equaliser.

Asked if nerves or naivety were to blame for Fulham's failure to see out the game, Stockdale said: "All of the above.

"When you are anxious to get the 90 minutes over and take the three points, things can go astray.

"There was a lot of tension in the ground and we did things that we would not normally do at home. That was our downfall."

Fulham are 19th in the table ahead of their penultimate game of the season, Saturday's trip to Stoke, but they are only one point from safety.

And Stockdale added: "It is important we pick ourselves up now.

"It is points we need at this stage of the season. We can't change the Hull result now, so we have to go and win our remaining two games.

"Three points against Stoke on Saturday and we are right back in it. If we play anything like we did in the first 75 minutes, we will be okay. We need a few teams to help us out now, as well."

Fulham captain Brede Hangeland has helped them beat the drop in previous seasons and says now is the time for the current squad to deliver.

"This is where, as a player, you really show your character and be accountable," said the defender.

"It's easy enough to play well when you're 5-0 up and cruising at the top of the league, but now it's a bit different and you need strong characters.

"We all know the stakes. It's do or die for us at the moment, so I don't think it will be a problem to motivate people this week."

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

N

ow is the time for Allardyce to finally get a chance at a big club please. He is likely to have a number of great offers for his services this summer, but who will he choose? Will it be Liverpool, Real Madrid, Dortmund or Man City?

medina_sod
Allardyce leaves West Ham

I

thought exactly this when the Match of the Day pundits were peddling this line. Is it really not okay for fans of a club to have some ambition these days then?

damoceltic
Bored Of Big Sam? It's Your Right...

H

ow magnanimous off him - to leave if he's asked to by the owners? What's the alternative, bunker down in his office claiming squatter's rights if FSG want rid?

feed the bear
Rodgers: I'll go if owners want

Footer 365

Ian Baraclough was delighted Motherwell's game plan worked at Ibrox

Ian Baraclough says Motherwell's game plan worked perfectly as they won 3-1 at Rangers in the Premiership play-off final

Stuart McCall disappointed by slack Rangers in Motherwell defeat

Stuart McCall says Rangers gave their poorest performance under him as they lost their play-off tie against Motherwell

Chris Coleman hopeful Wales will not lost points from Israel win

Wales manager Chris Coleman fears his side would be badly affected if they lose points from their European Qualifier against Israel.

Mail Box

What Is It That FIFA Actually Do?

That's the question raised timidly by someone sat at the back of the room, whilst others remind that UEFA aren't perfect either. Plus a few more gone on to better XIs...

Time To Step Up, Mr Platini...

UEFA should step up and extend the Euros to replace FIFA's tarnished World Cup, say a couple of mailboxers. Also: all hail Carlo, King of the Kop, and plenty more Budget XIs...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company