Tigana's history makers

Wednesday 7 August 2002

Jean Tigana is looking forward to making history by taking Fulham into the UEFA Cup.

The Londoners will meet Bologna in their Intertoto Cup final after surviving a strong first-half performance from Sochaux to complete a 3-0 aggregate win.

Tigana returned to his native France with his club holding a 1-0 lead from the first leg.

After an opening 45 minutes largely controlled by Sochaux, Fulham ensured their place in the final thanks to goals from Sylvain Legwinski and Barry Hayes.

"Sochaux caused us a few problems in the first half as tactically and technically we had difficulties," said Tigana.

"We knew that we are good away from home and find it easier to play away than at home.

"It will be a page in the club's history if we can win the final and qualify for Europe."

Legwinski believes the Cottagers had done enough to give them the confidence to beat Bologna, 8-2 aggregate winners over FK Teplice.

He said: "It is a very good result against a very good team. We were the better team and deserved the victory.

"It was important to win for our confidence. It is the first time this season that we have won by two goals.

"We can go into the final with Bologna in good shape."

Fulham's Steve Marlet was pleased with what he saw as a tactically astute performance from his side.

"It is always good to win away from home and qualify for the next stage," he said.

"We started with a one-goal advantage from the first leg and waited for Sochaux, we then took advantage.

"This match was good preparation for the league."