Manager Reaction

Saturday 29 December 2012 18:30

Martin Jol felt aggrieved after watching his side go down 2-1 at home to Swansea City on Saturday afternoon.

The Whites enjoyed the better of the play and had more than twice as many shots as our Welsh visitors, but goals from Danny Graham and Jonathan de Guzman put the Swans in control of the match, with Bryan Ruiz grabbing what turned out to be little more than a consolation.

The scoreline was harsh on Fulham, having dominated proceedings – particularly in the second half.

“Swansea always have more possession than the other teams, even the top teams,” Jol said after the game. “But today we had almost 60 per cent possession and made it very difficult for them.

“We had two or three great possibilities and stopped them playing in their style. I don’t feel that if you are playing the way we played today that you will have these sorts of disappointing results, because we will pick up points.

“But it is very disappointing to see that we haven’t picked up points in our second home game in the last three days because Southampton was a terrible game and we lost points because of the penalty kick. That was not a good performance but I think today we changed everything in two or three days.”

David Stockdale was handed his first appearance of the season but the talented keeper will have been disappointed with the manner of the goals he conceded.

“I feel that the first goal we presented to them and the second goal was almost a Christmas gift,” Jol admitted. “I can’t blame 90 per cent of my players; I think they gave everything.

“The only one who didn’t have the best day was my goalkeeper and he is a very good goalkeeper. I won’t blame him but you could see that he gave them the two goals.

“To be fair to David Stockdale, he has always been a fantastic replacement for Mark Schwarzer. I feel for the boy but I feel more for us, for the Team.

“He was very disappointed because he knows that we played probably 100 per cent better than we did against Southampton and, because of these reasons, we still come away with nothing – which is terrible.”

Despite coming away from our final game of the year with no points, our Manager was at least pleased to see his side put in a vastly improved display.

“We were really frustrated after the Southampton game – even before that,” he said. “Today I feel we played with quality and, before, we couldn’t do that so that was what we want.

“We played against a good team and that was probably their worst game of the season so it was very disappointing that we didn’t get a result today, at least a point. We should have come away with a win, not even with a draw.

“You have to pick up points – several wins and we will be in a great position. I think we are capable of doing that but I think that if everyone is back – Mahamadou Diarra will come back, Bryan is back, Mladen Petrić will be back – we will be better. I think today we showed that we are better than we were in the last game.”