Melv backs defence

Tuesday 4 December 2001

Fulham captain Andy Melville believes his team's mean defence will compensate for their goalscoring problems.

They have conceded only 13 goals in the Premiership this season, which is a better record than second-placed Arsenal, and have kept six clean sheets. The latest shutout came in the goalless draw with Leeds on Sunday.

However, they have scored only 15 times but Melville said: "If you keep enough clean sheets you stay up. Defensively we are pretty happy with things.

"We were on top against Leeds but didn't punish them. But there is enough quality in the team to get that side of our game right.

"We have learnt from the early part of the season. We are a bit more aggressive now and that is good for us."