Concentration

Thursday 25 July 2002

In a couple of years you could hear the following question in a pub quiz, 'Who scored the last goal at the old Craven Cottage?' The answer, of course, would be Louis Saha.

In a way it's quite fitting that the player who was instrumental in securing Fulham's promotion to the Premiership netted the final goal in front of the Hammersmith End.

However, since his goalscoring exploits of the Division One championship campaign, Saha has struggled to regularly tap into the same form.

His inaugural season in the Premiership started with a brace at Old Trafford, but after the glory died down, Louis found it difficult to adjust to the bread and butter of Premiership life.

Perhaps the most frustrating factor of Saha's Premiership career thus far, has been the knowledge that he can do so much better.

His spectacular goal against Derby County last season tantalised the crowd once more, but without that sort of quality on a regular basis, Saha freely admits that his final goal tally won't match up to that of his first season at the Club.

"During my first season in the Premiership I had a lot of opportunities to score but I didn't have any luck and concentration in front of goal," explained Saha. "I'm giving myself the same target as last season but I think I can achieve a little bit more this time.

"It's more about your concentration, which is a very important factor at this level. I think I have to work on the mental side of my game more than anything else."

Saha's second-half introduction to the Egaleo match certainly appeared to give Fulham that extra edge. In scoring his goal, Saha did what so many Fulham fans had wanted to see from their strikers. One touch and a shot.

Saha is now gearing up for the second leg of the Intertoto Cup third round in Greece but is expecting a physical encounter.

"We've got a great chance of progressing but we'll have to fight. It going to be quite hot so it's going to be a hard game. The most important thing if not to lose our concentration, it's not good if we get to the second leg and go out of the Cup.