Tim Krul took full responsibility for the goal which consigned Newcastle United to another Craven Cottage catastrophe but nursed a sense of injustice he couldn’t help put it right at the death.
The Newcastle goalkeeper should have done better when substitute Ashkan Dejagah let fly with a long-range drive which seemed to fly through the Holland stopper’s hands.
He also volleyed a shot against Brade Hangeland in the final minutes and should have had a penalty – only for Howard Webb to wave away furious appeals in the final seconds of the game.
Krul was certain a penalty should have been awarded and redemption offered to Newcastle.
He said: “I’ve just seen it back and his hand is up in the air.
“I know sometimes it is difficult for the referee to see things but then he needs help off his assistants.
“From my point of view it is a blatant handball and I’m disappointed he didn’t give it.
“His arms were up. It’s close and I agree he’s only two yards away but at the end of the day his hands were up and that’s the rule. If his hands were by his side it’s not his penalty.
“I’m devastated because I would have loved to put it right.”
It was a harsh denouement for Krul, who had made such an important stop at Hull just before Newcastle went on to run riot in East Yorkshire.
On Saturday the boot was on the other foot as his mistake became a factor in a really disappointing defeat for the Magpies.
Krul added: “The shot moved a lot in the air. It dipped at the end, but at the end of the day I need to save those. I know it’s hard but I think somebody maybe was in my view as well.
“I’m devastated because ten seconds before the goal we had a massive chance to go one up but that’s football. They had a few chances so we got away with that. They played well too.”
Krul has continued to take the fight to the Premier League.
He said: “We won’t let the season fizzle out. The commitment was there.
“It was a hot day but the boys showed their commitment. We had a chance but we missed and they went up the other end and scored.”