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Defender insists his side had no luck in 2-1 defeat to Spurs

Fulham defender Chris Baird insists his side were unlucky in suffering their first Premier League defeat of the season.

London rivals Tottenham came out on top in a game the Cottagers could well have won, with Tom Huddlestone's controversial strike snatching three points for Harry Redknapp's side.

Baird told Fulham's official website: “We were unlucky today, there is no doubt about that. We played some very positive football and created a number of chances.

“On another day we could well have taken something. It's never nice losing, but when you play well and still come away with nothing it's doubly disappointing.”

Fulham impressed with their attacking intent and clever use of the ball and were deservedly rewarded courtesy of Diomansy Kamara's cool finish.

However, Mark Hughes' team were immediately pegged back when Roman Pavlyuchenko pounced on the rebound from close range after Rafael van der Vaart had turned brilliantly and chipped the ball over Mark Schwarzer and onto the crossbar.

“We were very positive and the goal was more than deserved,” said Baird. “Joe [Kamara] took his goal well and it was good to have him back. He's a goalscorer and that's what he gives you.

“But having taken the lead there was no excusing conceding so quickly. I still thought we had the better of the chances to see the game through and that was probably the difference.

“Of course, they added a second and when you go behind against a side like Tottenham it's always going to be difficult.

“We've watched that second goal back and we all agreed that Tottenham were a little fortunate. For me, it shouldn't have been allowed.

“But that's football, we now have to make sure we react accordingly and do well in our upcoming matches," he added.

"This was our first defeat of the season and it would have been nice to keep that run going a bit longer - but there's plenty of football to be played.”

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