Claudio Ranieri has vowed to win over the Fulham fans who slammed his substitutions during Saturday’s defeat to Manchester United .
Angry supporters chanted: ‘You don’t know what you’re doing’ after the Italian replaced Andre Schurrle with Cyrus Christie instead of Ryan Sessegnon.
The home faithful also called for Ranieri to be axed as the club slumped to their seventh defeat in eight games.
Ranieri said: “I know the fans were not happy but I had two players with flu in the week, including Andre Schurrle.
“I can understand the fans always want their players to play but it’s not always possible.
“We will work to try and win our next two games. We’re always positive.”
The latest defeat, coupled with Cardiff’s win at Southampton , leaves the Cottagers seven points from safety with 12 games remaining – having won just four of their matches thus far.
It’s all a far cry from the second half of last season, when a terrific run of form led to play-off final glory at Wembley under Slavisa Jokanovic.
But Ranieri insisted post-game that the opening 10 minutes against United showed Fulham can still save themselves – they just need to retain their composure.
“I was so happy with the first 10 minutes – two great chances. But after we concede that goal, they break the lines, always asking for it behind the defensive line.
“We had to stay calm, [but] we lost our composure. We concede the second goal in the counter attack. In transition, that is not possible against a team like Manchester United.”