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Fulham 1 Charlton - Post Match Reaction

last updated Sunday 06th October 2002, 8:00 PM
Fulham striker Facundo Sava
Facundo Sava
Fulham's 'Wolf Man' turned up the heat on Alan Curbishley on Sunday. Argentinian forward Facundo Sava earned his nickname by donning wolf masks to mark goals for his previous club Gimnasia La Plata.

Yesterday, he fired home after Dean Kiely had blocked Steed Malbranque's 36th-minute shot and reached into his sock to put on the black Zorro mask. Sava pledged to pull on a new piece of headgear to mark every one of his goals in England.

The 28-year-old £2million man said: "I started doing the masks in Argentina, when I scored in the last minute of Gimnasia's local derby with Estudiantes. "Then I started receiving masks from the fans - and ended up with 250 of them. The question at every match was 'which mask will he wear this time?' "But I had to leave every mask apart from this one back in Argentina. "It's the first time I've done the mask in England - but now I want to start the tradition again."

Fulham Manager Jean Tigana
Jean Tigana
Fulham boss Jean Tigana quipped: "My job's very difficult already, without judging goal celebrations!"

He admitted the Addicks did enough to win a point.

"We were very lucky to win as we were very, very tired in the second half. Zat Knight and Sean Davis were both very tired.

"Charlton pressed us all the time and we had no movement, no hassling and were relying on the long ball.

"Last year, we would have lost this game - but we won this year and that's positive."

The Charlton boss responded by telling his misfiring strikers to relax in front of goal after their 1-0 defeat at Loftus Road.

Charlton Manager Alan Curbishley
Alan Curbishley
"You've just got to score goals - and, if you make mistakes at this level, you're going to be punished," said Curbishley.

"As forwards, you live and die by the chances you create and take, and we snatched at shots." "Shaun's shot that hit the bar had to be finished off. "And Jason's snatching at chances a bit, which is a sign of his confidence. He carried on for the whole 90 minutes but just has to get a goal.

"If there's a lack of confidence, there's one way out - and that's to hit the back of the net. "I keep coming into press conferences when one department of my team has let me down. "Sooner or later, we've got to get all the departments working together.

"We have a good enough squad to compete in this league - and now we have 30 games to prove it."
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