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Fulham blast Sanchez - Post Match Reaction

last updated Wednesday 16th January 2002, 10:39 AM
Fulham assistant manager Christian Damiano blasted Wycombe's over physical tactics as Louis Saha was left with a broken nose in the FA Cup third round replay at Craven Cottage.

Wanderers had five players booked and Jason Cousins sent off in the 73rd minute after two yellow cards for bad tackles on home goalscorer Barry Hayles.

French forward Saha was substituted in the 19th minute with blood splattered across his shirt, after being kicked in the face by Chris Vinnicombe as he ran clear on goal.

Fulham assistant manager Christian Damiano
Fulham assistant manager Christian Damiano blasts Wycombe and the Ref
Damiano claimed Barber's booking of the Wanderers defender was too lenient.

Asked how long Saha will be out for, Damiano said: "Maybe eight or 10 days. His nose is broken and he will go to hospital tomorrow.

"It was too physical - and when Saha received a kick in the face, the sanction in every country would be a red card.

"When you play against a team who get five yellow cards and one red, where's the objective?

"They did not have one chance - not a deflection or anything.

"Referees need to act more quickly. We need to protect the game and give the right application of the international laws.

"Who is the winner in this game? We tried to play with a good focus on the game. We kept our focus and stayed quiet."

Wycombe had been within three minutes of knocking Fulham out in a stirring performance at Adams Park last Tuesday - but they won few friends in the replay at freezing Craven Cottage.

Sanchez's men adopted ultra-defensive first-half tactics and contained the Premiership's ninth-placed team before the break.

Wycombe manager Lawrie Sanchez did not show at the post-match press conference, but his assistant Terry Gibson defended his side's tactics.

He said: "We learned from our game at Wimbledon last year, when we tried to play them at their own game and soon went 2-0 down.

"When you play at a Premiership ground, the idea is to nullify the opposition. We did that."
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