Damiano happy

Sunday 21 July 2002

After watching Fulham beat Greek side Egaleo at Craven Cottage courtesy of a Louis Saha goal, assistant manager Christian Damiano was in a positive mood.

With the second leg in Greece to look forward to next weekend, Damiano was pleased that the Whites didn't concede that all-important away goal which would have made for an especially nervy encounter in Athens.

"In this type of competition a 0-0 draw is a good result, a 1-0 win is even better. It is important that you don't concede a goal," said Damiano.

"We were in difficulty when we played against Haka in Finland, but we had many good one-on-one situations. When Haka played here, they stayed back so it was difficult to find that hole.

"It is a positive result for us but we will have a different team in front of us in the second leg. If they want to win, they will attack and take risks.

"We are very happy to have the opportunity to get into the UEFA Cup. We missed out last year in the FA Cup semi-final against Chelsea. Because we were missing a striker, we had a heavy time up front."