Roeder impressed

Monday 5 November 2001

West Ham Boss Glenn Roeder said he was disappointment at seeing his team lose their unbeaten home record at Upton Park after his sides 2-0 defeat against Fulham on Saturday.

Roeder admitted afterwards that Fulham deserved all three points after an impressive display of quick passing and movement that sliced open his sides defence - but he insisted that things could have been entirely different had one or two vital situations fallen in favour of the home side.

Talking to the Hammer official website Roeder said: "We're very disapponted to lose our unbeaten home record and I felt we were unlucky at times.

"We started brighter and enjoyed the first clear cut chance of the game when Fredi hit the post.

"Thereafter, Fulham showed what a good passing side they are. They have played like that a few times this season and haven't got the results but today it worked for them.

"I was impressed with them, but I can't fault the effort and commitment of my players. They battled all afternoon but the second goal was an absolute killer.

"I'd like to see the video to confirm my belief that Di Canio was fouled in the build-up to their second goal - there was no way back after that."

Roeder also admitted that Fulham's first gola, a header from Sylvain Legwinski just minutes before the break, provided a blow that the Hammers found hard to recover from.

"First goals normally are crucial in the Premiership, if you look at the stats it is very rare to see a team lose a match after taking the lead.

"Being a goal behind at home was a new experience for our lads, but I thought they gave it all they could and it was just one of those days in the end."