Manager Reaction

Saturday 27 April 2013 17:42

Martin Jol admitted that his side didn’t quite do enough to come away from Goodison Park with a result on Saturday afternoon.

Steven Pienaar’s early effort proved the difference between the two teams, leaving Jol frustrated that Fulham didn’t cause Everton more problems than they did.

“I think with a little bit of luck we could have had a point but it was a well deserved win for them,” he admitted after the game. “We had one big chance, a couple of breaks and a few half chances, but it was not enough to get something out of this game.

“The first half we didn’t play with a purpose and we played like underdogs and we don’t want that. The second half was a bit better and we had a few opportunities – a few crosses, some half chances and, as I said, a big chance for Urby Emanuelson.

“But, in the end, when we changed our shape we looked a bit loose and then they had two big chances as well so they could have won two or three nil.”

The defeat is Fulham’s third in a row and prompted questions from the media about the Whites’ away form, but Jol insisted that our performances on the road have improved.

“Our away form is not as bad as it was before,” he said. “We’ve had a lot of draws, and three wins. To lose 1-0 away at Everton, I’m not going to say I can live with it but we should have shown a bit more and been a bit stronger because physically they’re a strong side.

“If you look at their strikers, they caused us a problem and I don’t think we caused them a problem.”

A major concern for Jol will be the early exit from the game of top scorer Dimitar Berbatov. The striker limped off in the first half, and our Manager admits he could face a spell on the sidelines.

“I think Dimitar has got a little tear in his calf, but hopefully not,” he said. “He could be out for a couple of weeks.”