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Post Match Reaction - Fulham 2 Leeds 0

last updated Saturday 13th March 2004, 7:16 PM

Fulham Manager Chris Coleman, who was back at work after a fortnight's hospital treatment for the blood disorder septicaemia, was an irritated radio listener last Saturday as his side lost 2-1 at Manchester United.

Fulham Manager Chris Coleman
Fulham Manager Chris Coleman

The manager revealed yesterday how his television broke just before the game, leaving him to pace round his room while listening to radio coverage of the FA Cup quarter-final.

And the Welshman looked disgruntled in the Loftus Road dug-out, as Boa Morte, Barry Hayles and Steed Malbranque all missed wonderful chances.

But Davis and Boa Morte finally made Fulham's dominance pay as they struck with a 70th-minute shot and 80th-minute header respectively to clinch victory.

"I feel great now," said Coleman. "I can't have beer to celebrate though as I'm on strong antibiotics to fight my infection.

"Seriously though, I'm not 100% yet but I'm sure I'll be back to normal in two or three weeks.

"I go back to see the surgeon on Monday to check everything's ticking over nicely.

"There have been a lot of rumours about me being on my death bed. But it wasn't as serious as people said - I was never in intensive care and just had a bad infection."

Coleman went on: "The best I've felt for two weeks was at 3pm today, when the adrenalin was pumping.

"The doctors said I had to stay relaxed but I couldn't do it. I explained to them it'd be impossible for that to happen."

Coleman saluted his side's effort to clinch their first win in five league games, a result which took take them up to eighth in the league.

"We showed a lot more desire today and a lot of commitment," he added.

"We made a couple of chances in the first half and a lot in second. I thought it was only a matter of time until we scored."

Leeds Manager Leed's Manager Eddie Gray spelt out the mathematics to his players and warned only wins will do as Leeds battle to avoid a catastrophic relegation to the Football League.

Leeds' mini-revival came to an abrupt halt as they went down 2-0 at Fulham to remain rooted at the foot of the table with just 22 points from 28 games.

The Elland Road club, Champions League semi-finalists just three years ago but now in financial turmoil, are four points from safety and have just 10 games to save their Premiership skins.

Gray, whose side now take on Manchester City at home on Monday week, admitted: "We need more than a mini-revival now - we need to go and win matches.

"My players are very disappointed with how they performed today and it's disappointing to lose, especially given how we've been performing in the last couple of weeks.

"But I told my players we can't afford to let the result get to us. We've got to keep going.

"We're running out of matches but I still believe I have the players in the dressing room to get us out of trouble.

"We've got a few home games against teams around us and we can't afford to go anywhere and lose - we have to pick points up.

"I haven't thought about how many games we need to win. We just need to get as many points as possible and we have enough quality to win matches."

Source PA Sport by Alistair Grant

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