Fulham fell deeper into relegation problems with a 3-1 Premier League defeat by West Ham United at London Stadium on Friday.
Claudio Ranieri's 19th place was the ideal start and grabbed the lead in the third minute with former Liverpool ahead Ryan Babel scored close after he had previously missed a golden chance.
There was controversy over West Ham's equalizer when Mexican striker Javier Hernandez bowed his head from close range but replays suggested the ball went out of his arm.
Issa Diop's first Premier League goal, with a header five minutes before the break, put West Ham into operation, and while Fulham produced a decent football after the break, they rarely threatened.
Marko Arnautovic and Manuel Lanzini made their return for West Ham as replacements.
But it was not until the stop time that the hammer arranged for the victory, when Mikhail Antonio led home a cross from Arnautovic.
Hernandez, who had not scored since December 8, is the first Mexican player to score 50 goals in the Premier League and reached this mark in 150 games.
Not surprisingly, Ranieri was upset by West Ham's equalizer.
"We created very good chances, and it was a shame that the judge did not see the handballs." VAR is very important for the next season, "said the Italian.
" But we never give up. We are now concentrating on the next match. It is important to restore energy and psychologically very soon too. "
" I change so many times, five on the back, four, to try to find a resolution. But when the other teams have more quality and more experience, it is very hard. We keep trying to find the solution, "he said.
West Ham manager Manuel Pellegrini admitted that Hernandez's goals should be excluded.
" From my position I could not see handball, I have seen it since and It's handball. No one saw it very clearly at the time there were not many complaints. I don't think the goal decided the game, "he said.
" It was a great shame with the goal, the referee was covered, "Pellegrini added." I hope with VAR next season, it gets better. I didn't see, but I saw it on the screen. Perhaps the other players did not even see it, and perhaps the West Ham players only Chicharito knew the truth.
"Now football is so fast and you have so many players in the box because the judge is very hard to see everything so that VAR could be better. It is important in England to have VAR to help the judge."  Former West Ham defender Matthew Upson told BBC Radio that Hernandez used his arm on purpose.
"It's an intentional handball Hernandez knew what he was doing," Upson said.
It was Hernandez's fifth league goal for the season. He scored 37 Premier League goals for Manchester United from 2010-2014 before a loan to Real Madrid for a season. After two seasons in Germany with Bayer Leverkusen, Hernandez returned to England with West Ham in 2017.
Information from Reuters was used in this report.