Damiano's blast

Wednesday 16 January 2002

Fulham assistant boss Christian Damiano blasted Wycombe's tactics and referee Graham Barber as Louis Saha was left with a broken nose in the bruising FA Cup third round replay.

Wanderers, whose goalkeeper Martin Taylor kept his side in the contest with four outstanding saves, had five players booked and Jason Cousins sent off in a bad-tempered clash at Craven Cottage.

Saha was taken off midway through the first half after receiving an accidental boot in the face by Chris Vinnicombe as he just beat the Wycombe defender to a bouncing ball. Damiano was furious with the Second Division side's physical approach.

He said: "Saha will be out for maybe eight or 10 days. His nose is broken and he will got to hospital tomorrow.

"It was too physical - and when Saha received a kick in the face, the sanction in every country would be a red card. When you play against a team who get five yellow cards and one red, where's the objective?

"They did not have one chance - not a deflection or anything. Referees need to act more quickly. We need to protect the game and give the right application of the international laws. Who is the winner in this game? We tried to play with a good focus on the game. We kept our focus and stayed quiet."