Martin Jol has said he felt his Fulham team were "bullied" by Stoke City in their 1-0 defeat at the Brittania on Saturday.
The home side claimed victory thanks to a 26th-minute Charlie Adam strike, as Jol complained his players struggled to deal with their notoriously physical approach.
He said: "We said it before the game. They try to bully teams and they bullied us. You have to get them on the back foot and then play your football in their half.
"They will probably not be as good as they looked - but we couldn't do that in the first half.
"In the second half we did, but we needed a lot of forward players to create that, with Dimitar Berbatov, Mladen Petric, Ashkan Dejagah and [substitutes] Hugo Rodallega and Damien Duff. But it was disappointing that we still couldn't score."