Coleman's delight at 'resilence'
By Steve Bramley
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Chris Coleman praised his side's battling abilities as they earned a point at Upton Park.
Chris Coleman praised his side's resilience as they battled back to earn a point at Upton Park.
Philippe Christanval's stoppage-time equaliser denied 10-man West Ham a much-needed victory and earned Fulham their sixth successive draw in all competitions.
And Coleman insisted a point was nothing less than his side deserved after a gutsy display.
"If we had come away today with nothing I think it would have been a travesty," the Fulham boss told Sky Sports.
"We knew it was going to be a difficult game, it always is, but it also a great place to come and play football, the atmosphere is fantastic, the pitch is nice we were looking forward to it.
"We've had eight or nine London derbies and we've lost one so the guys are going very well."
Tomasz Radzinski fired Fulham ahead, but West Ham levelled through Bobby Zamora.
Yossi Benayoun then scored twice either side of a Brian McBride header to put the Hammers 3-2 up before Frenchman Christanval struck late on after Zamora had been sent-off.
And Coleman admitted he's side's defending left a lot to be desired.
"We didn't defend like we should be defending," he said. "We said if West Ham are going to score make sure they work hard for their goals but I don't think they worked hard for their goals. I think we gave them their goals and that was disappointing.
"But we battled back and showed great determination and Phillipe's got a great equaliser in the last minute. I don't think I've ever seen him that excited."
The point enhanced Fulham's position in mid-table and Coleman admitted their form was down to determination and team-work.
"We're not doing anything fancy, it's not rocket science," he added.
"We're playing a 4-4-2 formation, we've got lots of legs in the team but mostly there is a lot of enthusiasm and we work hard for each other, that's why we are not getting beat.
"We're 12th, we're nine points ahead of West Ham and a couple of points away from the top ten.
"The next game is against Tottenham at home and that's going to be a big one as if we can manage three points we'll be into the top ten, but we're going to need more of what we had today in terms of our resilience."