We let it slip

Saturday 19 January 2002

Fulham boss Jean Tigana, who saw substitute Luis Boa Morte stretchered off in the dying minutes of the 1-1 draw at the Stadium of Light, admitted he was a disappointed man leaving Wearside.

"I'm very disappointed because it was possible to win and we lost two points today," he said. "We had many chances to score and it's important that we score more goals.

"Sunderland pressed more after the break with the long ball up to Quinn and Phillips, who are two very good players and very dangerous.

"But we are progressing because a lot of my players have never played at the top level. We have found our feet at this level and we need to take the next step now.

"The players are learning all the time, and at the end of the game, they were very disappointed. They wanted to win, and that's a good spirit."