No surprises

Monday 14 January 2002

Fulham defender Alain Goma has revealed that his team are determined to put the record straight when Wycombe visit Craven Cottage on Tuesday in the FA Cup.

Talking after The Whites victory over Middlesbrough at the weekend Goma said:

"Today was a good day for us. Just what we needed before Tuesday's FA Cup replay.

"Wycombe did well at their place last week but on Tuesday night there must be no mistakes or surprises. Our quality must come through."

Goma believes that Fulham are now starting to find their feet after an indifferent start to the season. Saturday's win saw them climb to ninth in the Premiership league table and the prospect of European football is once again starting to look a real possibility.

"I think we found it a little tough to start with. Maybe people expected so much after the Manchester game.

"The team is nicely balanced. Louis Saha and Steve Marlet are looking good and Barry is always causing problems. Against Middlesbrough we could have scored four or five."

He continued:

"But we must take this form into our next game and I am sure that we can. Wycombe surprised us a little but this time we are prepared. We are in no mood for any slip-up this time."

On the prospect of European football coming to the Cottage next season Goma said:

"Who knows? It is possible for us to climb higher in the league. We are good enough. We have been short on goals but Steve is now starting to show his class and that will help us.

"But from this moment until after the final whistle goes on Tuesday night we are concentrating only on one team."

PLEASE NOTE: Supporters are able to pay on the turnstiles at Craven Cottage on Tuesday, therefore gaining entry to the stadium may take longer than usual. Away fans for this fixture will occupy the Putney Terrace.