Sylvain Legwinski was left bitterly disappointed by Fulham’s defeat at Leeds United on Saturday – especially after the Whites fought their way back into the game from 2-0 down.
The industrious French midfielder took no positives from the fact that Chris Coleman’s side more than played their part in what the pundits described as one of the matches of the season – venting his frustrating that an opportunity to pick up precious points on the road had gone begging.
Legwinski told Fulham’s official website:
“Leeds have always been a very difficult team to play against. We were expecting a hard battle – especially in the midfield and for our attacking players. Leeds were desperate for the points so were expecting a game like that. We thought they would play very high up the pitch and would press us as soon as possible, so we decided to play a few longer balls than we usually do. We knew that Sean and I would be under pressure as soon as we received the ball so we tried to find Louis Saha and follow up for the second ball.
The former Monaco midfielder heaped praise on in-form forward Louis Saha, who registered his 50th goal for Fulham at Elland Road.
“He’s really on top of his game at the moment and we all hope that he will continue like that for the rest of the season. He’s doing a brilliant job and we need to give him a lot of support. He has to cover a lot of space up front so if there’s no support he’s on his own, up against four defenders – which is almost impossible.”
Legwinski lamented Fulham’s failure to properly deal with set pieces, which is something that the players will seek to address at Motspur Park this week.
“We know that we have been in trouble with free kicks and corners and we really have to improve that. We didn’t learn a lot from the match in fact – sometimes you just have matches like that. We were very unlucky with the first goal, but we worked hard and played with a lot of commitment – unfortunately the story didn’t have a happy ending.
Everybody was really disappointed, it’s difficult put it into words because we probably didn’t deserve to lose that game. But we were punished. We’ve got one of the big matches of the season coming up now. Nobody will be expecting us to get a result so we will have nothing to lose against Chelsea. They have a big squad with brilliant players – we will just try to show what we can do.”