Perfect day

Sunday 18 November 2001

Lee Clark says Saturday's victory over his home town Club was an emotional experience - but one with a perfect outcome for him and Fulham.

Speaking exclusively to Fulham Today shortly after the final whistle on Saturday Clark said:

"It was a special day and everything was good about it. It was the right outcome at the end for me personally because I'm at Fulham now and we wanted the win. That's what we got and we played well.

"Everyone knows how I feel about Newcastle United but it wouldn't be right for me to go our there and not give my best for this Club because I've had total support from my first day here from the fans. I've got to be playing that way.

"I cannot promise people that I'll always be playing at my best, but I can promise that I'll always be playing at my maximum effort and that's what I did when I came on."

Clark, missing from action for over two weeks with a re-occurring knee injury added:

"I was disappointed not to be on from the start, but I've been missing for two and a half weeks and the lads have had two good results so I totally understand the Manager's decision.

On the game itself Clark said:

"It was pretty even for the first ten or fifteen minutes. They pegged us back a little bit but we opened them up, scored a tremendous goal and that changed the game for us and we dominated from that moment.

"We probably played some of our best football of the season during the first half and with the confidence now flowing there's no telling what we're capable of."

Newcastle did have a chance to get themselves back in the game for a second time when Alan Shearer was awarded a dubious penalty after an innocuous looking challenge from Alain Goma in the 80th minute. Clark added:

"It was never a penalty. I've just been talking to Alan about it and he knows. I think the second one was probably more of a penalty but the referee probably recognised that the first decision wasn't accurate and might have given us the benefit of the doubt."

Finally, Clark said that he and the other lads would resist any temptation to dye their hair Saha style after Fulham's super French striker hit a wonder goal at the Putney End.

"I don't think so... but knowing Louis he'll probably be putting on a bit more very week now in the hope that it works every time!"