WYCOMBE RATTLE FULHAM
(Tuesday 15th January 2002)
Terry Gibson Terry Gibson was left to fend off the gathered media after the FA Cup defeat at Craven Cottage. The Assistant boss saw Manager Lawrie Sanchez shunned by his Fulham counterpart, Jean Tigana, at the final whistle after the Premiership side claimed bully boy tactics.
Tigana left his assistant, Christian Damiano, to speak the press after the game too but he was less than complimentary of Wycombe, saying "When you play a team who has five yellow cards and one red, and Louis Saha has a nose broken, it is difficult. They were too physical. You have to ask what is their objective?" The Fulham assistant was particularly unhappy about the high boot from Chris Vinnicombe that left Saha with a bloody face. "When the forward takes a kick in the face and it is from the last defender, he has to have a red card" claimed Damiano.
However, the ever affable Gibson refused to be drawn into a battle of words and was proud of his players "I feel just the same as when we got beaten by Liverpool last year. We rallied, we worked so hard and from our point of view it was an unfortunate goal to give away. Yet for an hour we restricted them to long-range efforts and when you come to a Premiership ground, the idea is to nullify them. We learnt that from the Wimbledon game last year when we tried to play it against them and went 2-0 down. We took our lessons from that and the players have done the club proud."
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