Cup revenge

Sunday 10 March 2002

Fulham assistant manager Christian Damiano insisted his side were desperate to make amends for last week's 3-2 defeat by Chelsea when they clash again in the FA Cup semi-finals.

Fulham booked their place in the last four with a 1-0 win at First Division West Brom and Damiano said:

"It is a chance for revenge for us. We were bitterly disappointed with the outcome against Chelsea last Wednesday.

"We really felt we deserved a draw or a win. Make no mistake, it is revenge we will be looking for."

Damiano was relieved to secure the Cottagers' place in the semi-finals for the first time in 27 years and knows how important it is for Fulham to try and secure their first major trophy.

He said: "We know all about the history of the cup and we are delighted to be in the semi-finals.

"We knew it would be a hard game against West Brom but the free-kick which led to the goal is something we have worked on in training and it paid off for us."