Praise for Steed

Saturday 5 November 2005

Steed Malbranque got back to scoring ways in style against Manchester City on Saturday afternoon. The French midfielder capped of a superb display with two well crafted goals which gave Fulham all three points and impressed Manager Chris Coleman.

"He's been playing well consistently for us, as have all the guys this season," said Coleman after the match. "Unfortunately, we haven't got the points but we've certainly had the performances. We got both today and I thought Steed was excellent. His all-round play was very, very good.

"Steed is technically fantastic, we know that. It's the other side of the game, his hard work and understanding that has improved. It's the best he's been playing for us since he's been at the Club.

"We've got him this year and next and we want to extend his contract. We showed with Luis Boa Morte that we're capable of doing that. We're trying to build a team and not lose any of our best players. Of course, Steed is one of our best players and we want to extend his contract."

Whilst Malbranque will undoubtedly grab the headlines, it was Luis Boa Morte's fine midfield work that set up both opportunities for the Frenchman and, as Coleman explained, it was a performance that demonstrated a new level of maturity from the Captain.

"Boa's been fantastic," Coleman said. "He's got the armband and he's leading from the front. He was having a little bit of a to-do with the Ref. Normally he would have carried that on but he showed a little bit of maturity there, in the past that might have kept going on. He's an emotional character and is very passionate about his football and I think he's grown up a bit."