Coleman hit by Papa blow
By Adam Marshall
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Chris Coleman took a lot of positives from Fulham's 1-0 defeat at Man United.
Chris Coleman took a lot of positives from Fulham's 1-0 defeat at Manchester United.
The Welshman saw his side create late openings that could have pegged The Red Devils back, as they did in the game at Craven Cottage earlier in the campaign.
The only blow for Coleman was a hamstring injury to influential midfielder Papa Bouba Diop.
"I think, in the first half, Manchester United had a lot of possession," he told Sky Sports News. "I think it was something like 60-40.
"The second half was okay, we were holding our own and Ed [van der Sar] pulled off three good saves. We were pushing and probing in the last 20 minutes and had chances to get an equaliser. We didn't but there were a lot of positives for us, especially in the second half.
"United got a little bit nervous. They never extended their lead. In the first half of the season, they came to our place, didn't build on the lead and we ended up getting a late equaliser.
"It wasn't to be today but a lot of good performances and positives like I say.
"Coley [Andy Cole] is through and it comes off the inside of Tim Howard's legs at the end. When you have chances like that, you think it's not going to be our day but there were a lot of gutsy performances in the second half.
"Papa's got a problem with his hamstring, we'll wait and see tomorrow how severe that is but any team that comes here is going to have it hard.
"We had it hard at times but fought hard."