Wenger relieved to have closed the gap on Liverpool

Last updated : 03 November 2002 By Chris Parry

"We reacted well and showed great concentration," said Wenger. "We were very resilient. We wanted three points and got them. We were strong and I'm delighted to win the match no matter what it took.

"I would have preferred to have won with a different goal but I'll take that one. If you lose four you have to be concerned. We're not used to it and it's how the team responds. The response was there today.

"Confidence drops when you have lost four in a row and we felt luck had turned against us against Everton and Blackburn.

"We had to dig deeper and that's what we have done. This team will fight for the future. We created many chances. Fulham were more direct than we expected. They are a passing team and we took a while to get used to it. It was a very physical game for our centre-halves."