Hodgson - We Weren't Energetic Enough

Last updated : 24 August 2009 By Sam
Goals from Didier Drgba and Nicolas Anelka secured a 2-0 win for title-chasing Chelsea at Craven Cottage on Sunday afternoon.

"I thought the shape of the team wasn't bad," the Fulham boss told Sky Sports after the game.

"I thought that we made a good effort to keep them under some sort of control but unfortunately when we went a goal to nil down, what we needed in the second half was better energy levels.

"We needed to threaten them a lot more than we were able to do because unfortunately when you play against them, they're one goal up, they've got the ability to keep the ball.

"They are technically a very, very good team and unless you can really start to cause them problems it is easy for them to relax and to show what good technique they have and what good ball position they have and of course when the second goal comes in it makes life very, very difficult for you.

"I thought today that we were lacking a little bit in energy, I've seen us livelier on the field.

"For us in particular we needed to be a lot livelier, a lot more energetic, a lot more fierce in our pressuring than we were able to be."