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Colemans plea to fans

last updated Tuesday 12th September 2000, 1:59 PM
Fulham captain Chris Coleman today pleaded with the club's stay-away supporters to start filling Craven Cottage.

The ground has been little more than half-full for League games this season, despite Jean Tigana's team being top of Division One after five straight wins - the only 100 per cent record in the country.

Fulham have scored nine goals in their last two home games and will equal a 42-year-old record for successive victories if they beat Burnley tonight.

But struggling rivals Crystal Palace are drawing much bigger crowds than Fulham, who are averaging less than 11,000.

Coleman said: "The lads are enjoying their football and are playing some really good stuff. The fans we have are superb and really get behind us. But there are still a lot who are missing out. We would like to see more of our supporters in the ground."

Midfielder John Collins, who missed Fulham's 5-1 rout of Barnsley on Sunday with a groin strain, hopes to be fit enough to play tonight and manager Tigana has no new injury worries.

But former Fulham midfielder Kevin Ball, who left Craven Cottage in the summer, is likely to play for Burnley tonight.

Ball said: "For the two games we play against Fulham this season I will be doing everything to make sure we beat them. "But otherwise I wish them lots of luck."
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