Damiano delighted

Saturday 3 November 2001

West Ham manager Glenn Roeder defended his failing side in the aftermath of their first home defeat of the season at the hands of Fulham.

A goal in each half from Sylvain Legwinski and Steed Malbranque gave the Cottagers their maiden away win and brought the Hammers' three-game winning streak to an end.

But instead of complaining about the profligacy of his toothless attack, Roeder instead chose to praise his team for their efforts against Jean Tigana's men.

He said: "I cannot fault my players' commitment, they fought all the way and played a lot of good football. My only complaint is that we played too much through the middle and didn't get the ball out wide often enough.

"I knew Fulham would be dangerous and they are a difficult team to play against," said the Hammers boss. Jean's team has been expensive to put together but he has spent his money wisely and bought a lot of good players.

"I have seen a lot of Fulham's performances this season and they deserve to have got more than they have achieved in many games."

Fulham assistant manager Christian Damiano was delighted his team finally saw their good football rewarded with three points despite being hit with the news record signing Steve Marlet is out until the New Year."

That was a good game for Fulham, we played well and took our chances," he said. "We have been unlucky in previous matches when we have narrowly missed out on getting the points we have deserved, so this is a good win.

"West Ham are a good team, they push you to put your defence under pressure but we were able to counter-attack. Our first goal came at an important time.

"It meant West Ham had to take a few risks in the second half and that gave us space for players such as Luis Boa Morte and Louis Saha."