I respect refs

Monday 18 March 2002

Jean Tigana says he has "great respect" for match officials although he was given a warning by Graham Barber during the Everton game.

The normally quiet Tigana got hot under the collar at Goodison Park and had to be told to calm down or risk being sent off by referee Barber on Saturday.

However, the Frenchman is adamant it was a one-off and he intends to keep himself under control as the pressure of the season grows.

"It has never happened to me before," he said. "I have never usually shouted at referees and I have great respect for referees."

Meanwhile Everton boss David Moyes says Fulham will avoid the relegation dogfight because he feels that there is too much quality in The Cottagers' squad.

Last week, Andy Melville sent out a warning that the club are not safe from relegation, and he stressed the 42-point mark must be achieved as soon as possible.

The Wales international said: "We're not safe yet. Games are running out and we need to get to the 42-point mark as soon as possible.

"I think that's just about the number of points we'll need to stay up. We have to concentrate on getting those wins."

Moyes, in his first game in charge of the Everton team, inspired them to a 2-1 victory over Jean Tigana's men on Saturday, leaving Fulham with five defeats in a row, but Moyes is adamant that Fulham will not end up back in the First Division.

Moyes said: "Their approach reminds me of the way my Preston teams tried to play, and we had to really defend well to keep them out.

"They have got some fantastic players and I think they will be all right."