Slavisa Jokanovic refused to point the finger at Aleksandar Mitrovic after the striker's late mistake cost Fulham all three points at Brighton.
The Serbian had scored his fourth goal of the season in just four Premier League appearances to give his side a two-goal lead at the Amex, adding to Andre Schurrle's first-half opener.
But the hosts grabbed a goal back through Glenn Murray, before Mitrovic inexplicably handled the ball inside the area in the 84th minute, allowing Murray to fire home his second and secure a share of the points.
Glenn Murray hammers the ball high to the right of Marcus Bettinelli's goal to save a point for Brighton against Fulham
The 34-year-old's double helped his side claim their first draw of the season after a win and two defeats previously
Brighton mounted late pressure and won a corner, but in trying to clear Mitrovic could only handle the ball inside his own area
Mitrovic protests his innocence, but the referee wasn't listening and Murray had the chance to earn a point
The veteran striker coolly converted the penalty in the 84th minute to snatch a draw from the jaws of defeat for the hosts
BRIGHTON (4-4-1-1): Ryan 6; Montoya 6, Duffy, 6 Dunk 5.5, Bong 6.5; Knockaert 6.5 (Jahanbakhsh 75, 6), Stephens 6.5, Propper 6.5 (Locadia 74, 6), March 6.5; Gross 5.5 (Bissouma 60, 6); Murray 7.5.
Unused subs:Button, Kayal, Balogun, Bernardo.
Booked: Stephens, Propper, Murray
Scorers: Murray 67, 84
FULHAM (4-3-3): Bettinelli 7; Fosu-Mensah 6.5, Odoi 7, Mawson 5.5, Le Marchand 6; Seri 7.5, McDonald 6, Anguissa 6 (Johansen 74, 6); Schurrle 6.5 (Chambers 87), Mitrovic 6.5, Vietto 7 (Sessegnon 74, 6).
Unused subs: Fabri, Chambers, Christie, Bryan, Kamara
Booked: Johansen, Mitrovic, Le Marchand
Scorers: Schurrle 43, Mitrovic 62
Referee: Lee Probert 7
Andre Schurrle finished off a patient passing move for Fulham's opening goal. Click HERE for more from our Match Zone.
The 23-year-old has enjoyed a ferocious start to life back in the top flight and appears to be thriving under the tutelage of Jokanovic, with no other player in England's top four tiers scoring more than his 16 goals since his move to Craven Cottage in January.
It is in stark contrast to the frustrating end he endured to his time at St James' Park, when Rafa Benitez made clear that he did not