Martin Jol cut a frustrated figure after seeing Fulham go down to a late defeat at home to Manchester City.
Fulham led 1-0 through Mladen Petric’s penalty, but Sergio Aguero made it 1-1 shortly before half-time, before substitute Edin Dzeko pounced on a John Arne Riise mistake to snatch all three points for the visitors.
Jol said: “They dominated possession today, especially in the second half, but the goals were pretty scrappy.
“John will be disappointed. It was a mistake he made and they punished him. They are a good team but there is always a possibility to play football against them. But we couldn’t keep the ball and play our stuff, especially in the second half.
“They were more eager to score and all we could do was defend, defend and defend. It was not our intention to do that. We needed to keep the ball and we tired after 60 minutes. It’s not what you want but next time we will try and dominate possession.”
Both teams tweaked their starting line-ups, with Mladen Petric and Bryan Ruiz being drafted into Fulham’s first XI.
“We tried to do some damage on the flanks and it almost happened,” mused Jol. “The end product was not good but the intention was there.
“They changed their team before the game. They left out Dzeko and played three midfield players which they don’t do all the time. That was good for us, it showed respect. Scoring the goal after 10 minutes gave us a good cushion but we probably needed a second to win the game.”
City enjoyed the majority of possession in the second period, but it looked as though the Whites had done enough to earn a point – until Dzeko’s late intervention.
“We had one chance at 1-1 with Bryan Ruiz but we didn’t really do enough to say we definitely deserved a point,” said Jol. “But on the other hand, when you go that close to the end and they score with our own mistake, it’s a bit frustrating.”
Jol also updated the media on Chris Baird, who limped off towards the end of the second half after a sterling display.
“He had a problem from the start with his calf,” explained Jol. “It went but it came back in the second half and he couldn’t play on.”