Fulham manager Chris Coleman, who was back at work after a fortnight’s hospital treatment for the blood disorder septicaemia, was an irritated radio listener last Saturday as his side lost 2-1 at Manchester United.
The manager revealed yesterday how his television broke just before the game, leaving him to pace round his room while listening to radio coverage of the FA Cup quarter-final.
And the Welshman looked disgruntled in the Loftus Road dug-out, as Boa Morte, Barry Hayles and Steed Malbranque all missed wonderful chances.
But Davis and Boa Morte finally made Fulham’s dominance pay as they struck with a 70th-minute shot and 80th-minute header respectively to clinch victory.
“I feel great now,” said Coleman. “I can’t have beer to celebrate though as I’m on strong antibiotics to fight my infection.
“Seriously though, I’m not 100% yet but I’m sure I’ll be back to normal in two or three weeks.
“I go back to see the surgeon on Monday to check everything’s ticking over nicely.
“There have been a lot of rumours about me being on my death bed. But it wasn’t as serious as people said – I was never in intensive care and just had a bad infection.”
Coleman went on: “The best I’ve felt for two weeks was at 3pm today, when the adrenalin was pumping.
“The doctors said I had to stay relaxed but I couldn’t do it. I explained to them it’d be impossible for that to happen.”
Coleman saluted his side’s effort to clinch their first win in five league games, a result which took take them up to eighth in the league.
“We showed a lot more desire today and a lot of commitment,” he added.
“We made a couple of chances in the first half and a lot in second. I thought it was only a matter of time until we scored.”