Damiano praise for Saha

Last updated : 06 January 2003 By FootyMAD
Saha, who has been out since September with a hamstring problem, returned ahead of schedule to score the the third goal of the game in Sunday's 3-1 FA cup victory over Birmingham at Loftus Road.

"Perhaps he will be our joker for the league," said Damiano. "It was a great comeback.

"Saha's performance was very important. He changed the face of the team very quickly, thought about the game very well and felt normal afterwards.

"It was important to confirm our quality today. We've been playing well but never scoring, so scoring today was the big difference.

"And with Saha back and a good result today - when we were solid at the back and could have scored more goals - it looks good for the future.

"We're hoping for the comebacks of some other injured players.

"And with a little more space between games now, we'll have more opportunities to work with the players."