'If we had Leeds United in an hour we'd be ready to go' - Fulham defender says they won't dwell on Manchester City loss

The disappointment Fulham felt after characteristic mistakes and defeat to Manchester City will not be allowed to linger ahead of their clash with Leeds United, says defender Ola Aina.

Tuesday, 16th March 2021, 12:05 pm
Updated Tuesday, 16th March 2021, 12:10 pm
STILL CONFIDENT - Ola Aina, right, says Fulham's defeat to Manchester City will not linger as they prepare to face Leeds United. Pic: Getty

The Torino full-back, on loan at Craven Cottage for the season, lamented errors that he says Fulham had cut out of their game, in the 3-0 defeat on Saturday.

After an even first half, the Premier League leaders pulled away with goals from John Stones, Gabriel Jesus and Sergio Aguero. Afterwards boss Scott Parker expressed his frustration with errors that led to the goals.

"First half I felt like we really made it tough for them,” Aina was quoted on Fulham's official website.

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“We gave them a tough first half. I felt like we shut off their options, and we created a few openings of our own. And obviously in the second half it was a few mistakes that ends the game for us really.

“We haven’t had mistakes like that for a long time, since the beginning of the season. It’s frustrating that we made them because it’s not in our character, but these things happen. We’re only human.

“But we have to just take it as it is and move onto Leeds.”

Before the City defeat, Fulham had conceded just two goals and lost just once in their last seven outings. They remain in the bottom three but only a two-point gap separates the Cottagers and 17th-placed Newcastle United.

Aina insists their confidence will remain undented by what happened at the weekend as they prepare to take on their fellow Premier League new boys.

“No, no, I don’t think so,” said the 24-year-old.

“We’re raring to go, if we had Leeds in an hour we’d be ready to go. We’ll just recover well and get ready for that one.

“The position we’re in, we have to just take it game by game. Good or bad results, we have to take it and move on and look forward to the next one, because ultimately there’s a goal that we need to achieve at the end of the season, so we can’t dwell on bad results.”