Coleman praises super Steed
By Tom Adams
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Chris Coleman was glowing in his praise of Steed Malbranque after his brace.Chris Coleman was glowing in his praise of Steed Malbranque after the Frenchman responded to being dropped by scoring twice to help Fulham beat Blackburn 3-1.
After missing the last two games Malbranque issued a timely reminder of his qualities as he masterminded the win for The Cottagers that saw two red cards in a stormy second half.
The Fulham boss welcomed the return to form of the midfielder, and rued the inconsistency of his players that has dogged their season to date.
"Steed was left out of the squad last week, I thought his performances weren't up to scratch, not what we expect from Steed Malbranque," said Coleman.
"That's the type of performance we expect from Steed, he's a quality player and when he performs like he did today he can win a game and that's what happened today.
"The only problem is, and not just Steed, too many of our players have been too inconsistent this season, and we showed today what we are capable of."
Youngster Liam Rosenior was dismissed for a push on Robbie Savage after the Blackburn man went in heavily on Luis Boa Morte, and Coleman attributed the defender's reaction to inexperience whilst insisting that he had a big future at the London outfit.
"I'm not complaining, it was a silly sending off," Coleman continued.
"I think Liam there has shown his inexperience, it was a shame really because he was having another fine game, he's done a terrific job for us and he really is going to be a big player for us and it was just a little bit of inexperience you know.
"We were a bit annoyed because they had already had Craig Short sent off so we were in the driving seat at that point.
"I think when we had ten men and they had ten men we adapted better and that's when we got the third goal."
Coleman welcomed the three points despite Fulham already securing safety from the drop, and had no light to shed on the penalty incident that saw Boa Morte concede a penalty by pulling down Pedersen - although Savage saw his spot kick saved.
"It's welcome of course, especially at this time of year, it was a poor performance against Newcastle on Wednesday, it was a fantastic performance against Everton on Saturday, so it was a great performance and we are delighted with the three points.
"I'd have to see [the penalty] again, Boa's saying it wasn't a penalty but you never know with Boa, I'd have to see it again I really couldn't say one way or the other."