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Fulham 1 Ipswich 1 - After match reaction

last updated Sunday 21st October 2001, 8:24 PM
Fulham boss Jean Tigana - known for his calm persona - seemed to lose his rag at the end of the match, confronting Ref Riley along with goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar and left-back Rufus Brevett.

Captain Andy Melville said his manager was determined to offer his opinion of Riley's performance.

The skipper, who also revealed his team-mates felt Hermann Hreidarsson did foul Boa Morte when he was sent off for diving, said: "Jean was frustrated and wanted to get his point across.

"The referee's only got a split-second to make a decision, but there were some big decisions and we were a bit disappointed with them.

"The lads thought he (Hreidarsson) might have caught Luis with his knee, but referees have got to make decisions.

"They have someone who sits in the crowd and assesses them, so they're under orders and they've got a difficult job.

"Luis is very disappointed. He's obviously down about what happened. He hasn't said anything, and there's not much you can say to someone who's that disappointed."

Ipswich boss George Burley - who disputed the award of the penalty, claiming John McGreal accidentally handled the ball - admitted the loss of George is a major blow.

Ipswich midfielder Finidi George will be out until Christmas after suffering a depressed fracture of his cheekbone. The Nigerian ace was floored by home centre-back Alain Goma as he cleared a 12th-minute corner. The collision was accidental, but George received immediate treatment and was taken straight to hospital.

"He's got a depressed fracture of the cheekbone and will be out for a couple of months," Burley said. "It was an accidental thing - he went for a header and was very brave. It's sad for us.

"We handed Fulham the first goal and that was disappointing. We were patchy, and there were times when we were getting on top and creating chances. "We knew it would be a tough match. Fulham got behind the ball and battled away to get a point, but when we got the equaliser we were looking to go and win the game. "Winning games does breed confidence, but we're in a very tough league and expectations are high because we had an unbelievable season last year, finishing fifth."
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