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By ESPN Staff
Nov 30, 2006

Coleman praise for unsung Boa Morte

Luis Boa Morte inspired a 2-1 victory over his former club last night but his manager is not expecting Fulham's understated captain to receive much coverage for his moment of magic against Arsenal.

Boa Morte embarrassed Justin Hoyte and Alexander Song after 19 minutes at Craven Cottage with a dazzling piece of skill before crossing for Tomasz Radzinski to finish.

The Canadian's strike doubled the lead after Brian McBride headed in early on from a corner eventually won after Boa Morte broke to turn defence into attack.

Although Robin van Persie pulled a goal back with a stunning free-kick Philippe Senderos was dismissed for two bookings and Fulham held on to dent Arsenal's hopes of getting back into the Barclays Premiership title race.

Of Boa Morte's moment of skill - he flicked the ball up then threaded it through Song's legs - Fulham boss Chris Coleman said: 'It was fantastic.

'That will probably be shown twice tomorrow, if it was Thierry Henry it would be shown all day. But Boa plays for Fulham.'

The Portuguese winger missed chances to extend the lead and also hit the crossbar in the second half with a free-kick, leading by example as Fulham recorded their first win over Arsenal in 40 years.

'I was a captain myself but I was quite vocal, it didn't matter if I upset people,' Coleman added.

'Boa's not like that but it doesn't mean he's not a good captain. When he's on form like that he doesn't need to say anything because other will follow him.

'He leads with his play and has been one of our better players for the last five or six years and when one or two of the big hitters have moved on he has stayed. We must not forget that.

'He's had chances to move on, we've had big offers for him but Boa has always stayed. He's shown us a lot of respect.'

Boa Morte received one of the 10 yellow cards issued by referee Howard Webb, who was in charge for the recent Manchester United clash against Chelsea.

'I thought he refereed the Manchester United game very well,' Coleman added.

'I don't want to be a hypocrite because we won - some of his decisions I wasn't happy with.'

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger rested a number of first-choice players but was made to rue the decision, with Song taken off at half-time.

The Gunners are now 16 points behind leaders Manchester United and their next clash is against rivals Tottenham at the weekend.

'I will leave the mathematics of the title to you,' said Wenger, who reportedly slipped over during his post-match media duties.

'We will now go away and focus on the next game.'

Thierry Henry had an effort disallowed for offside in the second half and Wenger felt aggrieved after another decision went against his team.

'It was decisive and I must say the coincidences of the decisions against us at the moment are very peculiar,' he said.

'We can put it together with the penalty at West Ham. But we have to play with it. We cannot influence the referee.'