Feel the heat

Wednesday 30 January 2002

Fulham striker Steve Marlet has said that transfering to the Craven Cottage outfit has allowed him to achieve his abition of being the No 1 striker although he also admitted to feeling pressure.

The 11m pound import from Lyon has been in fantastic form for the Cottagers, after recovering from a knee injury, and is making a real impact in West London.

However, the World Cup hopeful has revealed that the onus on him to score goals is something new to his game.

"It is true that I was never considered as the number one striker," he revealed. "In Lyon, Sonny Anderson had this role. But here I really came for that, to score. "Even if I am playing well, I know it is not enough. "I think it is a good pressure, above all when you score!

"I am still able to play on the flank, to come back and defend, it is in my culture from Auxerre. "But, in Fulham, I must only think to score. It is the first time in my career that I have so much pressure on me. "For the first time, I am supposed to be the major striker.

"As for Fulham, I think sixth place is not impossible to reach. Except against Arsenal, we have never been completely dominated."

The in-form attacker admits to finding times tough when he was recovering from the serious injury."During my injury, I spent eight or nine hours a day in the club," he told L'Equipe. "It helped me to come back quicker. Despite the defeat against Manchester United, this goal was important for me."With my injury, I was really frustrated, especially with my transfer fee."Each time people talked about me, they talked about that, and I couldn't show anything on the pitch."