Ranieri reluctant to discuss possible signings after latest defeat

Claudio Ranieri has insisted Fulham have good enough players to stay up. [Picture: Simon Matthews/PA Wire]

Claudio Ranieri says it is still too early to say whether he has to sign new players in January to help haul his team up from the foot of the Premier League table.

The Fulham boss is under pressure to sort out a leaky defence in particular and Saturday evening’s 2-0 home defeat to West Ham meant his side are still searching for a clean sheet.

“Now is too early to speak about this and I don’t speak with you, I speak with my owner,” said the Italian when asked about potential signings.

“I think it is for him to understand whether to do something. I have a very good dressing room. The players are together and at this moment it is important to stay calm and react.

“I can say nothing today, because they tried to do their best. Of course when you play against a team with experience and quality and confidence, you try to do your best and we did.

“I saw my players fighting until the end. Until the last second they tried to do their best.

“I have to continue with these people and give them all my confidence and continue to work hard during the training sessions.”

Ranieri added: “Our first half was the best. We created a lot of chances. The second half we showed a very good will, but it wasn’t enough.

“I’m disappointed for the two goals conceded but also we missed chances. We shot at goal 16 times and they created two counter-attacks and scored. They scored very, very easily, twice.”