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Fulham ready for Euro tricks says Marlet

last updated Tuesday 08th October 2002, 8:45 AM
Fulham striker Steve Marlet believes his side are ready to deal with the gamesmanship of European club football.

Jean Tigana's team are in today's draw for the second round of the UEFA Cup and have already won the InterToto Cup this year.

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The rules mean they will avoid the other English teams in the draw, but they will face tough opponents from a group of 12 teams which includes Parma and Hertha Berlin.

Whoever Fulham meet, Marlet is confident they can deal with any underhand tactics they may employ after overcoming Italian side Bologna in the InterToto Cup final and Hajduk Split, of Croatia, in the UEFA Cup first round.

He said: "We have already learned a lot from the games against Split and even more against Bologna because they were even better at the offtheball stuff and more cunning.

"Many of our players might not have seen their style of play before and we need to be aware of it and keep our focus.

"I think we are getting better at dealing with it with every game."

Fulham's tie against Split was marred by play-acting by the Croatians, who appeared too ready to dive.

But their coach Zoran Vulic claimed they had gone out of the cup 3-2 on aggregate because a penalty had been awarded against them unfairly when Marlet went down in their area in the second leg last week.

Marlet, who has played in the Champions League with Lyons, added: "Against Split it was difficult, but the defender caught my leg and I had no alternative but to go down. I tried to get straight up but the referee gave a penalty."
Source Evening Standard by Leo Spall
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