Tigana disappointed

Sunday 14 July 2002

Despite seeing his side qualify for the third round of the Intertoto Cup, manager Jean Tigana was clearly upset at his side's performance in Finland.

Louis Saha had the best chance to score in the first half after being put through on goal, yet it wasn't until early in the second period that Fulham took the lead through a Steve Marlet goal.

Fulham's advantage was short lived as Ristila put the Finns back on level terms.

However, with the away goal ruling in effect, Haka coach Olli Huttunen knew that his side required another goal - fortunately for Fulham, that goal didn't arrive.

Fulham's progression to the next round did little to mask Tigana's evident disappointment.

"I am disappointed with our team's performance because we had many chances to score but we didn't take them," said Tigana. "We started training on June 24 so it's very early yet - we need more games."

"I was nervous, of course, but I'm also not happy. We have to keep remembering it is only the second game we have played but again we created so many chances and we didn't score.

"In the first half we had 11 chances. We need more quality in the box. We need better organisation, it's not just the strikers - the midfield need to score sometimes. We were a little bit lucky today but then you can also say we created a lot of chances."