ANDONI Iraola felt that Cherries' poor start at Fulham proved costly in 3-1 defeat at Craven Cottage, sharing “I think we conceded too much at the beginning of the game."

Cherries fell behind after five minutes in London, Bobby De Cordova-Reid capitalising on Lewis Cook’s slips inside the box.

Fulham quickly made it two through Rodrigo Muniz, before Marcos Senesi gave Cherries hope at the start of the second period.

However, Muniz grabbed his brace to make sure of the result shortly after, Cherries unable to convert their plentiful shots into proper chances and thus goals.

Discussing the result, Iraola told the Daily Echo: “I think we conceded too much at the beginning of the game, and that's the main reason we didn't get anything from today.

“I will say, after 2-0 I think the team did a lot of very good things.

“We arrived a lot (in their box), we created a lot of chances.

“We put them under pressure, but we conceded too much at the beginning.

“The first goal it happens - a player that slips in a dangerous position.

“But the second one we had the numbers to deal with the cross much better.”

Cherries looked second-best in the first period, unable to deal with Fulham throughout most of the opening 45 minutes.

 “I think we were late to react to the second balls, especially second goal,” continued Iraola.

“You can see that there are a couple of situations where they just arrive a little bit earlier, especially in this pitch where there's not a lot of space in the middle.

“Both teams want to get on the ball, we have to be quicker to react to these things.

“The first goal is difficult to blame someone because it's a slip, it's so easy.

“But we have to start with more intensity.”