Better luck next time

Monday 26 November 2001

Fulham's Assistant Boss Christian Damiano believes The Whites could have collected a win at Bolton if they had been willing to take more risks at The Reebok.

"We weren't afraid to play here," Damiano said after Saturday's disappointing 0-0 draw with The Trotters. "But perhaps we needed to take more risks," he added. "We arrived with respect and good intentions and I think we played well. Perhaps it was a frustrating afternoon for us, but we came to play a real game.

"The trouble was that we didn't have any good chances to score. But we've ended up with a point away from home."

And Damiano was pleased that The Cottagers continued their mini-revival which has seen them collect ten points from the last four matches.

"The team has grown and it is improving," said Jean Tigana's number two. "You must remember that we started the campaign with five new players. "In the last four games, we have won three and drawn one."

Meanwhile midfielder John Collins said Fulham failed to create enough chances to beat Bolton, but he insists they were well worth a share of the spoils at The Reebok.

Saturday's goalless draw was a pretty dull affair but it saw The Cottagers extend their unbeaten run to five matches in the Premiership.

"I felt that a draw was a fair result because we were playing a very confident Bolton team," Collins said. "Our problem was that we didn't create enough chances to win the game, which you must do at this level."

The former Scottish international believes both newly-promoted Fulham and Bolton have the capability to retain their top-flight status.

"All three of the promoted teams are doing well at this time, but there is a long way to go in the season and we will have to wait and see," he said.