Fins looking up

Wednesday 2 January 2002

Fulham defender Steve Finnan was delighted after his side picked up their second away win of the season at Pride Park on Wednesday evening and admitted that The Whites will now start to look up the league table once again.

Finnan supplied a menacing ball into the Derby penalty area that was converted into his own net by Horacio Carbonari. After the game Fulham's Irish international said:

"It was unfortunate for them to score an own goal, but to be fair we had other chances to win the game even though they managed to scare us once or twice themselves.

"I crossed the ball in and if the Derby player had left it Louis Saha was always going to score from that distance. He was under pressure and the only thing he could do was to try and clear it. Luckily for us it ended up going in.

"It was nice to get a win away from home where we've kept a lot of clean sheets. Tonight's performance was typical really. We didn't give them many chances and it was important that we got all three points.

"With the game against Middlesbrough called off, a draw against Charlton and a loss to Man United we suddenly found ourselves dropping down the league a little bit and looking down, especially with teams below us doing well.

"Tonight's win will have put that right and now we can start to look up again."