Fulham boss Martin Jol felt his side made it difficult for themselves after slipping to a 2-0 defeat at Tottenham.
The Cottagers had it all to do after slipping behind to a second minute Emmanuel Adebayor opener before substitute Jermain Defoe sealed the win for the hosts in the 63rd minute.
Jol would have liked to have earned a draw against his former club and bemoaned the early opener for the UEFA Champions League chasers.
"If you concede a goal after 90 seconds it is always difficult, you make it difficult for yourselves," he said.
"We know that if you come to a place like White Hart Lane you have to play with flair and not be intimidated.
"In the first half-an-hour they were better, stronger and sharper and had everything to play for.
"We created a few chances and then they scored again after a bad clearance and that is exactly what you shouldn't do."
Despite the defeat, Jol was happy with a ninth-placed finish in his first season in charge after taking over as Fulham boss last June.
"I think in hindsight if you see the gap with the other teams - equal on points with Liverpool and five points clear of the others you could say we were the best of the rest. It is not fantastic but it is good," he said.
"I would like to have had a draw here and maybe be eighth but ninth is fantastic."