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Luis Boa Morte has shot down talk of a rift within the Fulham squad.

The Cottagers have lost their last four Premiership matches and the run has coincided with stories of a schism among the playing staff.

But Fulham captain Boa Morte has moved quickly to assure the club's fans that the players are all on speaking terms.

"All the team is together and everyone is with the manager," explained Boa Morte.

"There is a very good spirit in the dressing room, there isn't any rift at all.

"It's normal when we lose to speak about it at the end of the match. It has to happen because we like to get things right.

"No-one was having a go personally, but we were talking for the benefit of the team, about where we make mistakes and the errors. It has to happen."

The disgruntlement at Craven Cottage appeared to come to a head a fortnight ago when team-mates Zat Knight and Moritz Volz had to be separated by Thierry Henry at half time of the 4-0 defeat to Arsenal.

Under-fire boss Chris Coleman has urged his players to focus on the job in hand and Boa Morte accepts it us up to the senior figures to keep Fulham in The Premiership.

He added: "Of course we feel responsibility. Me and Steed [Malbranque] are just trying to get everyone to follow us and it's up to us to set the example.

"I have to be honest. In the two matches against Arsenal and Everton, me and Steed didn't have the best of games and that's why he's the manager.

"He was right. When we have a better performance, we can help the team."