Missed again

Wednesday 6 March 2002

Despite twice coming from behind, Fulham's hopes of a thrilling West London derby victory were scuppered when Chelsea substitute Mikael Forssell scored the clincher to give the Blues a 3-2 win.

Once more Fulham had their chances in the match, but misses from Abdes Ouaddou, Louis Saha and Steve Marlet cost the Whites dearly.

No doubt Fulham fans will feel hard done by after having lost four games on the spin, especially as three of those defeats could so easily have been prevented had Fulham taken their chances.

Speaking after the match at Stamford Bridge, Manager Jean Tigana admitted that he wasn't surprised at Fulham's inefficiencies in front of goal.

"I think we deserved a point. We had many chances - but I am used to us missing! It is not the first time it has happened like that this season. We have nothing and that is the most important thing."

Nonetheless, chances were being created which was clearly a positive sign for Tigana, even if he could not conceal his disappointment at coming away pointless from another match.

As has been the case on many occasions this season, the result hinged on not only Fulham's misses but, according to Tigana, refereeing decisions also.

"It was difficult for the players but not for me because we played very well. I think if the referee gave the penalty it would have changed the game. But that is not the first time that has happened to us this season."