Harry Redknapp refused to blame goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes for his first defeat as Tottenham boss following the Brazilian's gaffe at Fulham.
Gomes has endured a miserable run of late and was again at fault at Craven Cottage as his fumble, when under no pressure, gifted Simon Davies Fulham's opener.
Fulham were full value for their 2-1 victory and at the game's conclusion, Redknapp accepted his team were second best in West London.
Gomes has made a number of high-profile errors since joining the club from PSV Eindhoven in the summer but Redknapp is standing by the man he still regards as his first choice.
"We conceded a terrible goal just as I thought we were getting back into the game," Redknapp told Sky Sports.
"When I thought we were getting a little bit of control in the game we fell behind.
"We weren't at our best today, that's for sure. What can you say to the lad? He's short of confidence.
"He knows he's made a mistake but made a few good saves after that. He's my goalkeeper so I'm behind him.
"We've got to stick by him, he's my No.1 goalkeeper. We came here expecting to get something from the game.
"To be fair to them they worked their socks off. They deserved it, they grafted non-stop. We've been doing it ourselves over the past five or six games but we weren't as good today."