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Manager rues familiar failings after dropping into bottom three

Fulham manager Mark Hughes was left deflated after watching his side lose 1-0 to Tottenham at White Hart Lane to drop into the Premier League relegation zone with 19 points, just one point above bottom side Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Speaking to Sky Sports after the game the Welshman insisted the Cottagers had dominated the second half and rued his side's inability to grab a goal.

“We bossed it second half and we were brave about what we were doing," he said.

“That’s the story of the game and in recent weeks there are at least five or six games we played where we have been the team most likely to take maximum points, and same today."

The former Manchester City man also believed that his side had done well to restrict Spurs in an attacking sense and was surprised to see them score.

“First half we had good shape, Spurs created very little and they were as surprised as anybody to go into the break with a lead," he added.

“I don’t think [Rafael] van der Vaart meant to find [Gareth] Bale but Bale’s diverted it past Mark [Schwarzer] and they have a 1-0 lead.

“We were up against a top in -form team so we took the game to them and I think the belief we showed and determination to get back on level terms was there for everyone to see, and we will take confidence from that.”

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