Safety first

Wednesday 17 April 2002

Andy Melville says Fulham must not spend too long mulling over Sunday's cup defeat, admitting the fight against relegation is far more important.

The Cottagers captain fears depression could set in if players think too much about missing out on an FA Cup final appearance - and that could prove disastrous.

Jean Tigana's team have four more games to make themselves safe from relegation and Melville says that must remain the priority.

He said: "There just isn't time to get depressed or low. The fact is we still have a big job to do in the Premiership and that was always our priority.

"We have to make sure we pick ourselves up quickly. It's up to experienced players like myself to make sure we do.

"We thought we could get something against Chelsea, but we didn't and we have to get on with things. We still need two more wins to know we are definitely safe."