More of the same

Monday 21 October 2002

Following Saturday's sell-out against Manchester United, Sean Davis has called for more of the same from Fulham's supporters ahead of Wednesday evening's London Derby against West Ham United.

Davis, partnering Sylvain Legwinski in midfield, was instrumental as Fulham dominated proceedings in midfield against United - in front of the first sell-out crowd of the season.

Since the Club's temporary move to Loftus Road, attendance figures have been disappointing - with the UEFA Cup first round match against Hajduk Split serving as a prime example.

Speaking exclusively to Fulham Today, Davis revealed his thoughts on the turnout for the Club's first ever match in top flight European competition and hoped that the fans would be able to continue turning out as they did on Saturday.

"It was very disappointing," said the midfielder, "European nights are supposed to be special. It's always a big occasion when you watch Manchester United, Liverpool and Arsenal playing in Europe.

"Our crowd didn't seem to be there. But we've come a long way in the last five years. Hopefully the fans will realise what the Club is doing. This is the best side we've had for a long time and we're at the top level, so I hope a few more will come along and support us.

"The matches against the likes of Manchester United, Arsenal and I was going to say Chelsea, will always be sold out.

"At the end of the day we need the fans behind us. If they're going to stay away, then let them stay away but we need all the good supporters to come and cheer the lads on. The extra support could help to raise our performance."

Assistant manager Christian Damiano echoed Davis' sentiments.

He said, "We were disappointed for everybody at the club, from the Chairman down. When we arrived, the team was in the middle of the First Division, now we are in a fantastic position. We have to hope that the situation will get better.

"There are some inconveniences, the stadium might be further for some people and they might be disappointed that we are not at Craven Cottage. I understand their feelings but I know they will be happy to see their team competing at this level."