Fulham defender Aaron Hughes has urged his players to quickly forget about their 3-0 loss to Tottenham in the Premier League on Saturday, as they cannot afford to let their heads drop ahead of a busy winter schedule.
The 33-year-old has insisted that his team-mates must move on quickly from a result that he felt was undeserved, and instead take the positives from the 0-0 draw with Chelsea in midweek as they look to end a seven-game streak without a win.
Hughes acknowledged that although Spurs took advantage of the gaps left in defence, the margin of victory flattered the north London side in what was. for large spells, an evenly fought contest.
“I thought first half we did okay, even in the second half,” he said, speaking to the club’s official website. “We just conceded three weird goals, I guess.
“It didn’t feel like a 3-0 defeat. I stood there looking at the scoreboard and couldn’t believe it was 3-0, so it must have just been one of those games.
“But we’ve just got to accept it and get on with it now and deal with it, and it’s important we don’t let our heads drop too much.
“We’ll have a look at it and see where we could have improved and what we could have done a little bit better, defensively and in attack, and we’ll go from there.
“When you’re at home you want to try and take the game to the opposition and that can sometimes leave you a little bit exposed in midfield and at the back.
“I thought it was just one of those days where we’ll have to write it off and go on and pick things up again.”
Hughes points to the performance that saw the Cottagers claim a point from Stamford Bridge in the days preceding the loss to Tottenham as an example of what the team can achieve under Martin Jol.
Though the side have only picked up 4 points from a possible 21 in their last seven league games, they have shown their quality in claiming points from Chelsea, Arsenal and Everton, leaving Hughes searching for balance.
“After the great performance and the great point we got in midweek at Chelsea, I think it’s important to try and keep level headed about it,” he added.
“Everyone was really high and buoyant after Wednesday, so it’s important that we don’t get too low after the Spurs game.
“We have to try and stay somewhere in the middle and keep going because there’s a long way to go and we’ve got a busy period at Christmas where we can pick up points, so let’s just keep going.
“We’ve got a little bit of time between now and the next match so we can recharge a little bit and we’ve got plenty of time for recovery.
“We’ve got a few little niggles and knocks so hopefully it gives them a couple of days to heal and repair and that means we go into the game with Newcastle with as full a squad as we can.”