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Post Match Reaction - Leeds 3 Fulham 2

last updated Sunday 14th December 2003, 10:03 PM
Fulham Manager Chris Coleman
Fulham manager
Chris Coleman
Fulham manager Chris Coleman felt his side were unlucky to be beaten by a last-gasp Leeds winner in their 3-2 defeat at Elland Road.

Coleman's side had fought back from two goals down to 2-2 and looked good value to get at least a point for their efforts until Dominic Matteo's late header stole all three points for the hosts.

Coleman felt his side were unlucky to lose the match, and also had some stern words for referee Neal Barry for awarding the initial free kick that led to Leeds' opener.

"Last week we were fortunate to get three points but I think we were a bit unfortunate this week," said Coleman.

"We just wanted to take the game to Leeds. We kept chipping away and when we got the equaliser I thought we could go on and get another, but what happened at the end just rips your guts out.

"I was disappointed with the referee. When he gave the free-kick against Luis I looked at the big screen and it looked like a good tackle.

"I think all afternoon he could have given Louis Saha more support. I thought he was a bit lenient at times."

Leeds caretaker boss Eddie GrayLeeds caretaker boss Eddie Gray says that the side have a new found confidence after another encouraging result on Sunday with a 3-2 win over Fulham.
Leeds have enjoyed a revival under Gray and have taken seven points in their last three games to give everyone at the club a ray of hope.

Things looked bad for Leeds after they squandered a 2-0 lead at home to Fulham, but Gray's boys showed character to come back and grab a late winner through Dominic Matteo.

Gray was delighted with his side's display, and says that the win will breathe confidence into his players.

"I thought they were terrific," said Gray. "When we go two goals up we've got to learn to control the game and that's what I've said to the players.

"Having said that I can't criticise them for anything.

"Every player on the park worked hard and that's important for us in the situation we are in.

"When you are near the bottom of the table you are not going to play free-flowing football all the time - you are going to have to battle.

"It was just a general good performance from the team.

"There is a bit of confidence back in the side and that's important.

"It gives everybody a boost, we are just delighted that we've picked the three points up today which closes the gap on the rest of the teams and gives the boys something to go for."
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