Knight's Verdict

Thursday 24 May 2007

After playing his part in Fulham’s battle to beat the drop, Zat Knight gave his honest assessment of the 2006/07 season. Whilst expressing his relief at retaining the Club’s Premiership status, the defender highlighted the collective improvements which need to be made by the team next season.

“I think we had a disappointing season. Recently each year has been better than the last, but obviously this one was the worst since we’ve been in the Premiership.

"But we’re here to stay now and hopefully we can bounce back next season. We need to bring in a few new players and strengthen the squad, then hopefully we can finish in the position that we wanted to this season, which is in the top 10.

“Chris Coleman leaving probably made us realise that we were in a relegation scrap. We played Man City and then the next day we realised the Manager had gone. So we were shocked but we realised that he’d gone for a reason and as players we had to take some of that responsibility because we’re the ones on the pitch.

“We stayed up by the skin of our teeth really which was a bit embarrassing considering that at the beginning of the season we were talking about the top ten, so next season hopefully we can strengthen the squad with some good players and, with the right attitude, we can do a lot better.

“The highlight of the season was beating Arsenal because we hadn’t beaten them, but we’d beaten Man United, Liverpool and Chelsea before so Arsenal was the only one left really and it was nice to get that.

“We need to go into every game focussed and treat every game as a cup final instead of taking our foot off the gas against the smaller teams. In this league anyone can beat anyone and we’ve proved that when we beat teams like Liverpool and Arsenal, but then we go and lose to someone like Watford or Wigan. It just shows that you have to treat every game the same.”