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Will to win

Posted on 18 October 2010  - 12:00

William Gallas felt we showed real strength to secure maximum points at Fulham.

Will to win

William Gallas felt we showed real strength to secure maximum points at Fulham.

The French defender was in fine form on his return to the side as we came from 1-0 down to win 2-1 in a lively, end-to-end encounter at Craven Cottage.

It was a particularly impressive display not just because it was his first start for three weeks, but also because of a forced change of central defensive partner just before half-time when Ledley King limped off and was replaced by Sebastien Bassong.

The pair held firm when Fulham piled on the pressure late in the game, restricting the home side to a couple of half-chances that they wasted.

Indeed, Heurelho Gomes was only seriously tested once when he tipped over Chris Baird's header from a corner.

Harry Redknapp described William's performance as 'magnificent' and he was delighted to come away with three points.

"It's never easy to win in Fulham," said William. "They play good football, they are very strong but I thought we were strong as well, perhaps stronger than them.

"Before the game the manager said we would have to fight all the way for it and I think we did that.

"It was very important for us to pick up three points. We want to do something in the league this season so we have to stay in touch at the top.

"We got the three points and that's what matters."