Gary Speed

Wednesday 21 November 2001

Newcastle's Gary Speed has spoken of his disappointment at losing to Fulham last Saturday despite scoring his first goal of the season for the Magpies.

Speed, a Welsh International team mate of Kit Symons, Andy Melville and Chris Coleman has himself been linked with a move to Craven Cottage on a number of occasions over the last 12 months.

Talking after the game he said: "Obviously we're disappointed again. You can't knock the effort or the commitment from the team but we have to be mentally stronger when defending.

"The first goal killed us really. It was a bad goal to give away and from then on we were poor I thought."

TV replay's later showed that Fulham's win over Newcastle could have been even more emphatic had match officials spotted that the ball was in fact out of play before Solano picked up possession out on the right wing.

Ultimately, 3-1 did nicely for the Whites and Speed offered no excuses for the defeat adding:

"It was nice to get my first goal of the season but no real consolation. At 2-1 I thought we might be able to get back in the game. But we then gave away a goal from a set piece and that was that.

"It's not about commitment or effort or playing in London. It's about concentrating and unless we learn to do that we're not going to achieve anything. You can't take anything away from Fulham though. I thought they were very good."