Claudio Ranieri vows to work on Fulham’s defence


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Claudio Ranieri says he’ll keep working every day to try and plug Fulham’s leaky defence.

The Whites were denied a vital home win against Ranieri’s former club Leicester at Craven Cottage when James Maddison cancelled out Aboubakar Kamara’s first-half strike with 16 minutes left.

It means Fulham stay bottom of the table and their 36 goals conceded so far is by some distance the worst record in the top flight.

A 3-2 win over Southampton in his opening game after replacing Slavisa Jokanovic was a fine start, though Fulham have yet to earn a clean sheet in three games under the Italian.

Given the chances Leicester created at Craven Cottage, Ranieri conceded his team could not have claimed to deserve all three points. “I think a draw was right.

It was just that they had two great chances at the beginning and they had another two after they scored,” he said.

“In our best moment we conceded a goal and we then had the last chance to win the game. A draw is OK.

We have to fight and sooner or later we will win. Everybody is working hard to do their best and in the second half we had the match in our hands. But that’s football.”

On Fulham’s defensive problems, Ranieri added: “I have to solve it working every day, more and more and more.”

With trips to Manchester United, Newcastle and Arsenal in the next month, Fulham must surely stop leaking goals or risk becoming detached at the bottom of the table. Fulham are 4.50 to finish bottom this season.

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