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Louis Saha aiming at UEFA Cup

last updated Thursday 15th November 2001, 12:03 PM
Louis Saha is determined to show Newcastle what they missed out on when they visit Craven Cottage this weekend.

The French striker spent several months on loan at Newcastle from Metz in 1999, but he only scored twice in 11 appearances. Newcastle decided not to sign Saha at the end of that season, but since joining Fulham he has proved his worth in English football.

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Saha is one of three former Newcastle players at the west London club and along with Lee Clark and Alain Goma, he can't wait for the match.

He said: "Newcastle have top quality players and it is a special game for some of our players. I was enjoying my time there and I regretted not being able to stay.

"They are one of the best supported clubs in England and are going well at the moment, so it will be a very passionate match.

"But I have nothing to prove to Newcastle. The most important thing is to show my ability with Fulham."

Saha also believes Fulham boss Jean Tigana's decision to arrange a friendly with French side Sochaux during the international break will pay dividends against Newcastle.

He added: "Sometimes it is hard to come back to training after three or four days rest, so maybe it is good for us to play during international week to keep our confidence.

"If we can get a third win in a row it will be a big boost for our chances of getting into the UEFA Cup."

"We need to have a good target to keep ourselves motivated, We are unlucky not to have more points and be higher up the table already."
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