Mixed feelings for Coleman
By Graeme Bailey
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Chris Coleman felt Fulham should have held on to take the win against Tottenham.
Fulham manager Chris Coleman felt his side should have held on to take the win against Tottenham.
Despite being down to ten-man after Heidar Helguson was sent off early in the second half, Fulham went ahead through Vincenzo Montella's first league goal for the club.
But with just a couple of minutes remaining Pascal Chimbonda scrambled the ball home to give Spurs the draw.
"I have mixed feelings really, one-nil up with two-three minutes to go and whilst Tottenham had a lot of possession, it wasn't as if our keeper was being peppered with shots because that wasn't the case," Coleman told Sky Sports.
"Like I said one-nil up so close to three points, which could have taken us tenth - I think to concede the goal we did was disappointing."
Coleman felt that Spurs' equaliser was offside and although admitting it was not - he does not feel the linesman saw the incident and just flagged anyway.
"I was very disappointed with the linesman on our side," he said.
"I felt it was offside, having looked at it again the last touch did come off Franck Queudrue and if he can see that from where he is - because there is a crowd of bodies - then I will apologise, but I will be amazed if he can see it, if he is in line with the defender and sees it comes off Queudrue, but I don't think that was the case and that is why I was upset."
The Welshman, though, had few complaints about Helguson's dismissal.
"I spoke with Heidar at half-time, and I told him to be careful but it is difficult as he only knows how to play one - he gives everything for us," he said.
"I don't think he caught [Tom] Huddletsone, but it was rash and it was the same with Bobby Zamora at West Ham last week - so we can't have too many complaints about that, I spoke with Heidar and he wasn't complaining too much."
Coleman was delighted with substitute Montella - who bagged his first league goal for the club.
"If you look at his goalscoring record in Italy, it is second to none," he said.
"He is a good player, scores a lot of goals, he is not yet 100 per cent match fit and he needs to get to the tempo of the Premiership which is not easy, but he is working hard and is getting there."