Bittersweet Return

Tuesday 2 October 2012 11:53

Saturday’s clash with Barclays Premier League champions Manchester City saw Mladen Petric return to the starting XI in place of the injured Dimitar Berbatov.

The striker took just 10 minutes to announce his return with a goal as he clinically sent Joe Hart the wrong way from 12 yards after John Arne Riise had been felled in the penalty box.

And although Mladen was delighted to be back in the side and amongst the goals, he was unable to enjoy his achievement post-match, as the Whites were left empty-handed following Edin Dzeko’s late winner.

“Of course I’m happy to be back scoring again,” Petric told “It’s always good for a striker to score. I had a good start to my Fulham career but then I was a bit injured. I’m happy to be back now and of course I’m happy about my goal but I wasn’t really happy because we didn’t win.

“We were not too pleased with our game in the second half – I think we were too deep and they had a lot of possession and we needed to be a bit braver. We defended very well but at the end it was a pity that they scored.

“Of course it’s hard to play against footballers as good as that but we shouldn’t have let them play as much as they did. If we’d managed to keep the ball a bit more then it would have been a different game but they were better than us on the day and probably deserved to win.”

Petric’s inclusion at the weekend highlighted the depth of attacking options Martin Jol now has at his disposal and Mladen admits he is looking forward to his first run-out alongside Berbatov.

“It will be good when Dimitar comes back to fitness and I look forward to attacking with him,” he said. “He’s a very good player and I’m looking forward to playing with him in the future and I’m sure we can cause some trouble for the teams we play.”