Happy Hayles

Wednesday 16 January 2002

Barry Hayles is a happy man after scoring Fulham's third round FA Cup replay winner at Craven Cottage last night.

The Cottagers striker netted his ninth goal of the season to book a 4th round trip to York City. They defeated Grimsby, ironically courtesy of an own goal from former Whites defender Alan Neilson.

Hayles admitted after the game that he was delighted to have come up trumps:

"It was a good win for us. It was always going to be difficult as they are quite a physical side.

"It's nice to score the winner. I'm well pleased. At times you thought it was never going to go in for us. But we kept plugging away trying to do our own thing and thankfully at the end it came right.

"We should have scored a couple more toward the end of the game. But to be fair, their 'Keeper made some good saves and it wasn't to be.

"We'll look forward to going to York. It's nice that we can help their financial situation as they are struggling at bit at the moment.

"We've learnt from Wycombe not to take anyone lightly and we'll be going there to do a job."