Forget focus on Fowler

Saturday 1 December 2001

Lee Clark insists that Fulham must not be distracted from their rise up the Premiership by the spotlight trained on Robbie Fowler's expected debut for Leeds at Craven Cottage.

Clark maintains that Fulham must concentrate on their own game rather than worrying how to stop Fowler.

"It's a very tough game, Leeds are a top-quality side and their new signing is not a bad player, is he?," the midfielder said.

"They were a quality team without Robbie Fowler and now that they've added him to their squad, they're going to be even better.

"They're going to be one of the challengers for the title and we're expecting a hard game. But these are the matches you want to be playing in when you come to the Premiership.

"We've just got to get on with our own game though. We're not worrying about what's happening away from the pitch, we've just got to think about what's happening on it and focus on our job."

Edwin van der Sar is also unfazed by the prospect of facing Fowler even though he is well aware of the striker's goalscoring record.

"Robbie Fowler is a good striker and if you look at the statistics he scored a lot of goals for Liverpool. Of course, it will be difficult to face him," he said.

"But there is no reason why this Fulham defence cannot stop him and the other strikers from scoring. Leeds have some quality players but so do we."