Riise's Verdict

Monday 12 November 2012 15:11

John Arne Riise admitted that part of him was frustrated with only taking a share of the points from our frantic 3-3 draw with Arsenal at the Emirates on Saturday afternoon.

Fulham had the home side pegged back for significant chunks of the match and perhaps should have scored more than the three goals we managed, although the Gunners had the best chance to snatch the win when Mikel Arteta was denied by Mark Schwarzer from 12 yards with the game’s last kick.

“We were actually a bit disappointed to only come away with a point,” John told fulhamfc.com. “Okay, we saved a penalty in the last minute but we should actually have killed the game off before that as we had quite a few chances. But if you’d told us beforehand that we’d get a point, we would have taken it.”

Despite starting the game strongly, we somehow found ourselves two goals behind after just 23 minutes. Rather than letting their heads drop though, Martin Jol’s men fought back before half-time through headers from Dimitar Berbatov and Alexander Kačaniklić.

It was an admirable comeback against a decent Arsenal outfit and our Norwegian left-back was delighted with the courage shown by his teammates.

“Going 2-0 down, we thought it was going to be a hard afternoon,” he explained. “We did play well to start with but we conceded two silly goals. They then tried to control the game but we took over and scored two great goals of our own.

“We played well and caused a lot of problems and showed a great mentality and character to come back. At 2-2, I thought that we were going to win the game but then maybe it was fate to get a draw.”

Fulham’s treble of strikes at the weekend took our goal tally for the season to 24, with half of those coming away from Craven Cottage. Only Barclays Premier League leaders Manchester United have found the back of the net more regularly this campaign, but John – although pleased with our attacking prowess – is keen to see the Whites tighten up defensively.

“We’re scoring quite a few, but we’re conceding as well so that’s disappointing,” he said. “It’s all about the points on the board, though, and we’ve got 16 so we should be happy.

“But we could have had quite a few more points. We’re going in the right direction, though.”