Defence into attack

Saturday 2 March 2002

Despite not having the majority of possession at Craven Cottage, Liverpool's strikers proved more efficient in front of goal than their black and white counterparts and ultimately Fulham paid the price for their squandered chances.

Frenchman Nicolas Anelka opened the scoring in the first half after Fulham's defence momentarily opened up, allowing the former-Gunner a clear sight of Van der Sar's goal.

Despite increasing Fulham pressure, Liverpool managed to confirm their victory after the Whites over-committed up front - allowing Litmanen to fire home.

Speaking after the match, Assistant manager Christian Damiano was in reflective mood as he acknowledged the quality of the top division.

"We knew the difficulty at the start of the season. Now that we are in the middle of the table we are close to our first target, to stay in the Premier League, which is very important."

As has been proven in many games, the team to score first usually goes on to win the match. When casting an eye over Fulham's goals for and against column, it's perhaps easy to understand why the side currently lies in tenth position - as Damiano pointed out.

"We have confirmed our capacity to play well, we now need to score more. We have perhaps the third or fourth best defence in the Premier League. This is a strong point because when you try to play and take risks, you can score more goals. In fact we have scored less goals.

"We only need to have more power up front, this is a big point for us."