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Fulham star Sean Davis is up for it

last updated Tuesday 26th March 2002, 11:07 AM
Fulham midfielder Sean Davis has urged his Fulham team-mates to roll up their sleeves and fight for Premiership survival in the last weeks of the season.

A 2-0 defeat against Tottenham at Craven Cottage on Sunday was Fulham's sixth straight league defeat, their worse run since Jean Tigana took charge.

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Davis returned from injury on Sunday and produced a battling performance, but the entire Fulham team will have to perform if they are to salvage their top-flight status.

The England under-21 midfielder could not spur his team to victory against Tottenham, and he blamed Fulham's first-half performance for their defeat.

"The first half wasn't the best, even though they had a bit of luck," he told Fulham's official website.

"I thought that we didn't work hard enough at the beginning, and that's what happens to you in the top league if you don't do that.

"You've got to press and communicate properly and if you don't you're going to get punished."

Things improved for Fulham after the break, but they failed to break down a resolute Spurs defence in front of an increasingly frustrated home crowd.

"If we'd started off like we played in the second half, then we might have had a chance of getting a result, but overall you have to say it was a bitterly disappointing result," said Davis.

With John Collins on the bench, Davis shouldered the burden in the centre of midfield and had even greater responsibility as Tigana opted for a three-pronged attack.

Davis was just glad to be back in the first team after a niggling leg injury.

He recalled: "My injury started with what I thought was just a dead-leg, but I rushed it and came back too early, and I ended up with a partial tear of the muscle.

"But it's fine now and I can just concentrate on preparing for Saturday which is a massive game for us now."
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