Not an easy match

Monday 15 April 2002

After watching his side go through to the final of this season's FA Cup, former Arsenal midfielder Emmanuel Petit reflected on how close the encounter at Villa Park really was.

After a fairly even first half, which saw neither side maintain full control. Fulham made a spirited fight of the second half.

But despite having the larger share of possession in the second period, the Whites couldn't find that killer edge.

Petit made it clear after the match that Fulham pushed his side all the way for the victory.

"Fulham played well in the second half. They were very dangerous, their passing was very good"

"We didn't press them a lot because there were finding space every time so was very difficult to put them under pressure. We had little space and we managed to keep them out.''