Cookie Praises Spirit

Wednesday 10 November 2004

Fulham kept their winning run going on Wednesday evening as the Whites knocked Nottingham Forest out of the Carling Cup to set up a mouth-watering Quarter Final tie against Chelsea.

Tomasz Radzinski struck in the 86th minute to cancel out Marlon King's opener. Luis Boa Morte could have wrapped the tie up in the final seconds of normal time as Fulham broke free in numbers but the Portuguese international failed to apply the correct finish and the match went into extra time.

"Boa should have done better," acknowledged Chris Coleman after the match. "I won't tell you what some of the lads said to him after the game because we didn't need the extra half hour - but we got it.

"Over the 90 minutes Forest were the better team, we looked jaded and tired, our passing wasn't the best and it wasn't until they scored that we kicked into life.

"To be fair to my lads, they don't know when they're beaten at the minute and they showed a bit of character. We kept fighting and that's a good sign for us at the moment.

"Even in games where we're not playing so well, we're not giving much away and we keep fighting until the end and that's how we came through.

"It is the first time since I have taken charge of this team that we have won four games on the bounce and there's not much to complain about."