LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 17: Neil Taylor of Swansea tries to tackle Bryan Ruiz of Fulham during the Barclays Premier League match between Fulham and Swansea City at Craven Cottage on March 17, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)
Given how inconsistent we've been over the course of this season, it comes as no surprise that following up three consecutive Premier League wins with three consecutive defeats is by no means beyond us. We're only two thirds of the way there, in fairness, but you get the feeling that Manchester United will outclass us next week, much in the same way as Swansea City did on this occasion.
Fulham were lackluster here - almost incompetent - while their Welsh opponents had been organised efficiently by Brendan Rodgers, a man whose stock is seemingly rising by the hour. Gylfi Sigurdsson was the player to most catch the eye, claiming two of the away side's goals while Fulham were left without any player putting in a particularly worthy shift.
Martin Jol made two controversial decisions with his starting line-up, dropping Danny Murphy to be replaced by Mahamadou Diarra while Bryan Ruiz took the place of Damien Duff. Both the changes proved hugely ineffectual as each player was later withdrawn in the second half.
The early exchanges looked promising, with the home team slightly edging the balance of play. Danny Graham had a tame strike saved for the visitors before both Clint Dempsey and Moussa Dembele tested Swasea's Michel Vorm. On both occasions, the Dutch goalkeeper proved impressive.
John Arne Riise again had an eye for goal, but after taking down a clearance from a Fulham corner, he could only fire over Vorm's bar.
Bryan Ruiz then released Dempsey just after the half hour mark but the American was halted at the last second with some fine Swansea defending. The game had become a somewhat tepid affair by now and chances were few and far between.
Pavel Pogrebnyak had a header cleared, with the Russian showing himself to be well adept to the hold up play for which Bobby Zamora had become so famous for. He never really looked like scoring today, though, but this was no fault of his own. The Whites were, in truth, lacking the creativity that they've become renowned for of late, and even Dembele, in his central midfield role, wasn't his usual self.
It was Sigurdsson who then got the goal, well timed for the Swans, just before half time. Fulham again lost possession in their own half and Wayne Routledge raced down the right hand flank. His cross found Sinclair whose pull back was placed with simplicity past Schwarzer by Sigurdsson.
After the break, the story of poor Fulham play continued. Mahamadou Diarra suffered a deep cut to his head after falling into the advertising board but bravely carried on. It failed to disguise what was a weak performance from the Mali international, though, and later in the game, Murphy replaced him much to the home crowd's relief.
Before this, though, Duff replaced Ruiz and the change almost proved influential. The Irishman fired at goal after some decent approach play but Vorm was equal to it. It was Sigursson, though, who got the game's next goal and the match now looked beyond the Cottagers. Routledge was again in the build up and the Icelandic midfielder, on loan from Hoffenheim in Germany, finished well.
Kerim Frei was introduced by Jol, in an attempt to salvage the game with some unadulterated enthusiasm. While the young midfielder was impressive and carried the team forward with some fearless running, ultimately, Swansea were all too resilient and they scored again to rub some rather vicious salt to the wounds.
It was Joe Allan who got the goal after a brilliant solo run and Jol's previously expressionless face appeared to turn to shame.
Fulham were distinctly average but Swansea were every bit as remarkable. They're safe from relegation but we don't quite seem safe from ourselves. The lack of consistency in this team is becoming somewhat worrying.