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Fulham midfielder Sylvain Legwinski has attributed Saturday’s surprise win at Tottenham to a new defensive mentality in away games.

Legwinski and his team-mates were defeated 3-1 at Everton on their first trip of the new Premiership season. Manager Chris Coleman has adopted a more counter-attacking style in order to improve Fulham’s dreadful away record and it worked to perfection at White Hart Lane.

The French midfielder said: “We’re all happy with this new way we’re playing. The fact is that, for two years, we have struggled to get results away from home, and I think that was mostly because we were trying to play too much football – we lost many games because of that. After Everton, we decided it had to stop and against Tottenham we developed a more defensive spirit.”

Legwinski admitted that being written off as relegation fodder by the pundits has actually helped Fulham start the season strongly.

“I think it’s good for us. Now we’re in a team where everybody else thinks we’re going down, it makes me even more proud to play for Fulham and fight for this club. Team spirit is very good at the moment. We’ve all been here for a few years now, and everybody knows each other well and the mix between all the different nationalities is getting better and better every day.

“I’m very pleased to be at Fulham. I know a lot of the papers said that the French contingent would leave because of Jean Tigana’s departure, but all they do is guess at what’s happening, and as everyone can see now it just wasn’t true.