Fulham defender irked by goals conceded
Fulham defender Alfie Mawson admits the club’s poor defensive record this season is "embarrassing".
The centre-back, who was signed for £1 million from relegated Swansea in the summer, has been part of the leakiest defence in the Premier League this season, with 42 goals shipped in 17 games, an average of nearly 2.5 per game.
Former boss Slavisa Jokanovic was unable to stop the defensive rot and was sacked in November, with Claudio Ranieri taking over.
However, despite a positive start after beating Southampton 3-2, things have not improved for the Cottagers, with their defence still chopping and changing, and Mawson says things must change.
He told Sky Sports News: "It goes without saying - to concede in general is horrible, but to concede the amount we have conceded is diabolical, to be honest. It's embarrassing.
"I speak for myself and the back four. The keepers, to be fair, have made plenty of saves this year. [It's] down to us either being a bit naive in this league and not knowing what we're up against, and sometimes just the pure quality of this league.
"We've got to change something. We've got to take the negatives on board, but we've also got to take the positives.
"When we do get the clean sheet - which is going to come - then we can build on that."
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