Football - Rene stunned by heavy defeat

Shellshocked Fulham coach Rene Meulensteen was at a loss to explain his side's shortcomings after they were thumped 6-0 by Hull at the KC Stadium.

Having beaten Norwich on Boxing Day, hopes were high for a mini revival but they were dashed in brutal fashion as Ahmed Elmohamady, Robert Koren (2), George Boyd, Tom Huddlestone and Matty Fryatt got on the scoresheet in a rampant second-half display from the Tigers.

"I've asked myself what happened and I've asked the players. I didn't see this coming," Meulensteen said.

"I've been saying to all the media and all the press that the lads have been fantastic for me, that I can't fault the performances they've put in, that we haven't got the results we deserved but this is something completely different.

"Losing is hard to take but losing in such a manner is hard for any professional player."