Reserve reaction

Thursday 22 August 2002

After comprehensively beating Arsenal in the opening game of the Premiership Reserve League, Wednesday night's encounter against Wimbledon was a far more scrappy affair as the Dons successfully managed to stifle Fulham's attacking play.

Speaking to Fulham's Today, reserve team manager Steve Kean gave his assessment of the match.

"It was a bit disappointing, normally we finish our chances," said Kean. "We made six or seven chances but it was disappointing that we didn't finish off to our usual high standard.

"I don't think we got going at all. We had the opportunity to score an early goal after a great cross from the right hand side, which gave Calum an easy tap-in. But Wimbledon were typically direct and physical.

"There were lots of fouls and stoppages in the match. It was probably the most amount of fouls that we've had in the last couple of years in any match. By that's no excuse for not taking our chances.

"Being honest, we've had that referee before and he's normally very good. We found out after the match that there was an assessor in the crowd. So looking back on the match I think he was refereeing for the assessor."

Fulham's next reserve match sees the Whites take on Chelsea at Aldershot Town FC on Monday 16th September. Kick off is at 7pm.