Hayles storm

Thursday 8 August 2002

In scoring Fulham's second goal of the night against Sochaux, Barry Hayles guaranteed Fulham's place in the one of the Intertoto Cup's three finals.

After seeing his header cleared off the line in the 69th minute, Hayles made no mistake the second time as he powered past his markers and fired an unstoppable left-footed shot past Sochaux goalkeeper Daguet.

Speaking after the match, a pleased Jean Tigana gave his opinion on Hayles' performance.

"I am pleased for Barry. He had plenty of chances to score an away goal last season and even though he didn't, his attitude was always very good.

"We haven't spoken about his position but he wants to be in the starting team more often. He has to make it difficult for me to leave him out, and when he plays like this he is doing that job well."

The win sets Fulham up with a final against Italian side Bologna, who brushed their semi-final opponents, Teplice, aside with consummate ease. However, Tigana was more than aware of the threat that Signori and co. will pose.

"It would be a big thing for Fulham to play in a European competition for the first time and we know we will have to play even better against Bologna," said Tigana.

"But we can lift our game, as we showed here. I wasn't happy in the first half because we gave the ball away too much and kept trying to play long balls to the strikers. At half-time I told the players I wanted us to be more relaxed and to pass the way I know they can.

"We were much better in the second half and it is good for the players' confidence to win so well away from home."