Friday 17 August 2001

Fulham Today Exclusive

Sean Davis believes the way to beat Manchester United is to attack them without fear in the same manner in which Fulham approached their games last season taking the first division by storm.

Fulham's England U21 midfielder also sent out a simple message to the Club's supporters before the Premiership kicks-off on Sunday. "Enjoy it"

Davis, one of the Club's longest serving players who made his Fulham debut at the tender of 16 believes that everyone at the Club should try to take in every moment of the big time and be thankful of our illustrious surroundings.

On Thursday Fulham held a press conference at the BBC's training ground in Motspur Park where Davis and his former team-mates trained under Micky Adams. Talking exclusively to Fulham Today Davis said:

"This place brings back some memories. It seems like only yesterday we'd be running round here. I remember upsetting the gaffer one day and he had me doing laps all afternoon."

"Did I ever think that a day like this would arrive at the Club back then? In all honesty, probably not. That's why it's important that everyone associated with the Club enjoys the adventure we're about to embark on and that we must not let fear creep into our minds."

Davis has come on in leaps and bounds since those days although his talents were clearly spotted by Adams and then Kevin Keegan who described the youngster as being "As good as I've seen at that age." He went on:

"I think it's important that we all try to enjoy the occasion on Sunday. Of course, I'm looking forward to the game and hopefully I'll be part of the Managers first team plans.

"Every boy dreams of playing in the Premiership at places like Old Trafford and I'm no different. We are full of confidence and there's no reason why we can't come away with something if we work hard enough. I was injured the last time we played United so I'm hopeful that I will be involved this time."

"Team spirit is unbelievable and that goes a long way. We believe we are good enough and if we stick together and work hard enough for each other who knows what we might be capable of this season."

"We will attack teams in the Premiership that same way we did last season. You need to defend sensibly, but it's being positive that scores goals. I'm sure we'll approach Manchester United in that frame of mind."

Davis ended by paying compliment to the Club's Manager Jean Tigana.

"He brings the best out of all of us. He tells us to play without fear. I think our game reflected that last season and I can't see him changing the way we play.

"We'll look to keep the ball but we won't be going to Old Trafford to defend. We'll be treating them like any other opposition we face. And that means we attack at every opportunity."