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Rene bemoans quick-fire goals

Fulham boss Rene Meulensteen was left to bemoan three quick-fire second-half goals after his side lost 3-0 to Southampton to slump to the foot of the Premier League table.

The hosts had the better of the first period, with Darren Bent forcing Artur Boruc into three good saves, while the Saints keeper also kept out a Brede Hangeland header from a corner.

Meulensteen's side were made to pay for a failure to score as a resurgent Saints hit them with three goals in 11 second-half minutes from Adam Lallana, Rickie Lambert and Jay Rodriguez to claim the three points.

"It typifies a little bit the last couple of games that we've had - that we had really good first-half performances where we should get in front," Meulensteen told Sky Sports, adding his side were hit when they were out of position for the first goal.

"Again today, the Darren Bent attempt which was a great save from the goalkeeper, the one (from Hangeland) from the corner, if you've got some good attempts, they didn't look any danger from their side.

"Then the problem is, after that, that you can concede two more goals in ten minutes and that is at Premier League level, unacceptable."

New faces

Fulham were busy on transfer deadline day, although only two new signings featured in the defeat - Lewis Holtby and William Kvist - and Meulensteen hopes the new faces can make a difference.

He added: "You have to be realistic and you have to not hide from the fact, with all the results going on around you, that you are where you are - you are there for a reason because you haven't scored enough goals and you have conceded too many.

"That hasn't changed. We keep working ever so hard on it, on the training pitch, in this transfer window we have changed a few things around.

"Hopefully, a few more faces will lift the place because that's what we need to do, keep lifting ourselves, and keep reminding ourselves there's still a lot of games to play for.

"It's waiting for that break and keep ploughing away to hopefully get a result which is going to go for us."