Watch out for Jay-Jay

Friday 16 August 2002

The last encounter between Fulham and Bolton saw the Whites cruise to a 3-0 win at Craven Cottage courtesy of a Man-of-the-Match performance from Bjarne Goldbaek.

Since that match, the Trotters have captured the highly valued signature of Nigerian international midfielder Jay-Jay Okocha. Known for his flamboyant skills, the former Paris Saint Germain player looks certain to be big part of Sam Allardyce's plan in the forthcoming season.

One Fulham player who should know more then most about Okocha is defender Alain Goma. Having been a team-mate of Okocha's at Paris Saint Germain, Goma told Fulham Today about the threat Okocha could pose.

"I know that they have bought a few more players. I played with Jay-Jay at Paris Saint Germain, he's a very skilful player who is able to do anything during a game," said Goma.

"If he's on top form you can't stop him. You just have to wait until he finishes his moves before going in for the tackle; he's a very talented player.

"Djorkaeff is also another player we'll have to look out for. They have a few players who are capable of scoring at any time so they are a team we have to take very seriously."

Saturday's match also sees the return of top-flight football to Loftus Road. With many supporters yet to fully accustom themselves to their temporary surroundings, the Bolton match will be a new experience for those who did not attend the Sochaux Intertoto match.

Having already made his first appearance at Loftus Road, Goma hoped that the supporters will pack out the stadium in support of the Whites.

"We played there against Sochaux and the atmosphere was really good, so I'm quite happy to play there. It's a compact stadium, which will help with the atmosphere," said Goma.

"It would be a shame if some of the fans didn't go because I think it's a great stadium and we need their support."

Supporters of both Fulham and Bolton are able to purchase match tickets right up until kick off at Loftus Road on Saturday.

All tickets are now on general sale and are available from the Ticket Office at Loftus Road from 10am and at the ticket booths around the ground. (subject to availability).

Away supporters can purchase tickets directly from the turnstiles at the School End Turnstile Block 2.

Supporters are advised to arrive early to avoid congestion on the day.