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Fulham manager Jean Tigana wants 3 wins

last updated Tuesday 26th March 2002, 10:49 AM
Fulham manager Jean Tigana has urged his players to dig-in and prove their character after defeat to London rivals Spurs on Sunday left The Cottagers just three points clear of the relegation zone.

The Frenchman has targeted three more wins from Fulham's final seven games of the campaign to ensure their Barclaycard Premiership survival, but he insists it is now down to the players to show they have what it takes as they fight to preserve their top-flight status.
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Sunday's 2-0 defeat to Spurs was the West Londoners' sixth straight league loss and having won just once in their last ten Premiership games, The Cottagers are in desperate need of a good result to turn their dismal run around.

Tigana said afterwards: "We have given everything to our players, now it is time for them to give something back. I am looking for a reaction from them in our next game.

"I want us to win three more matches. I think we need six or seven more points - then it will be possible to stay at the top level."

Although Tigana has spent £35million on players since achieving promotion to the Premiership last May, he still believes he needs to strengthen his squad in order to cope with the demands of life in the top flight.

He is unlikely to be making any new signings before Thursday's transfer deadline but feels additions will be necessary if his team are to challenge for a place in Europe next season - an important factor in the development of the club if they are to attract the world's best players to Craven Cottage.

"I have tried to sign world class players, but the top players want to play in the European Cup," Tigana admitted.

"My priority is to stay in the top level, then I can try to add to the squad in the summer. Our main problem at the moment is that the strikers are not so confident - but this is our first year at the top level.

"When you've lost six games in a row in the league it is difficult. We need to keep the confidence and to try to win our next game, at Southampton on Saturday."

A win against the Saints at St. Mary's would move Fulham above Strachan's side in the table and put the South coast club back in danger of relegation themselves. With every team from Middlesbrough, in tenth position, still possible relegation candidates, there is still plenty to play for in the bottom half of the table as the season nears its potentially dramatic climax.
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