According to the club’s official website, Fulham defender Tim Ream has revealed his disappointment about the Whites’ 2-1 defeat at the hands of Burton Albion at the Pirelli Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
A first half goal from Stephen Warnock and a penalty from Lucas Akins on 51 minutes secured the victory for the Brewers, who recovered well from Ollie Norwood’s equalising goal just past the half hour mark.
American defender Ream was not shy in his assessment of the match, starting with his recollections of the opening goal from former Liverpool full back Warnock.
“I think Tomas [Kalas] tried to cut that one out and slid or slipped, Ollie [Norwood] came in to cover him and as he has gone to tackle him he has really just tackled it right into Warnock, who was just sitting there waiting for a tap in,” the former Bolton man explained.
“It was a pretty frustrating goal to concede, there were a couple of areas which could’ve been cut out. Obviously in any division you pay for your mistakes and there you go.
Speaking about the match-winning penalty, Ream said, “I haven’t seen a replay yet and I couldn’t tell from the other side of the goal. I was marking my man and I just saw four or five of our guys around their one man. I don’t know if there was contact or not, like I said I haven’t seen it and I didn’t have a good angle during the play.
“Its not even that it didn’t go our way today, we just didn’t play well. We didn’t play anywhere near what we are capable of playing and we paid for it, simple as that,” Ream revealed, being very frank.
He went on to praise the travelling support, “the fans were excellent today, even in the warm-ups we heard them over there. It’s a shame for them and I feel bad for them because we didn’t play well and for them to travel all this way its not good enough.
“I can only apologise for the way that we played and the result. But like I said they were excellent and they are always excellent no matter where we go or how far we travel, they are always there in fine voice urging us on.”
It is refreshing to hear a player be honest about where things went wrong and Fulham’s fans will no doubt appreciate the lack of excuses.
It heartens fans that it will not happen again, although Fulham have endured a patchy start to the season and their faithful will want to see the changes on the pitch and not words off it.
The result is another reminder that every win in the Championship is earned.
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