Saha's warning

Saturday 24 November 2001

Louis Saha has warned Fulham not to underestimate Bolton this afternoon although the striker is confident of another Cottagers win.

The Fulham striker is on a high after breaking his goalscoring duck against Newcastle last week and says the team is full of confidence.

But he also believes Bolton will be up for the match after becoming the surprise package of the Premiership this season.

"Bolton will be a tough game because they have started the season so well," he said. "It will not be easy but we want to go there and win. After three wins in a row there is a lot of confidence in the team."

Meanwhile Bolton's Gudni Bergsson has paid tribute to Saha before the two players come face to face at the Reebok.

The veteran Icelander, who has been in outstanding form so far this season, delighted Trotters fans this week when he announced he could be persuaded to stay on for another season when his current contract expires.

He has coped admirably with the best strikers in the Premiership and today he will be tested against Cottagers livewire Saha.

"He is an exciting talent but hopefully not too exciting" said the former Spurs centre-half.

"He is young, quick and a great prospect but I would say he still has some way to go in his development."

Bergsson believes Saha and Fulham are not finding it as easy as last season when they steamrollered everyone in Division One.

"From what I've seen they're still playing attractive football but they're coming up against better organised sides," he added. "It should be an interesting game. After our good start the expectations of the players and the supporters are getting higher.

"But it's a good pressure to have because it means we are doing well. And I'm not worried we can't cope with that pressure."