Manager Reaction

Saturday 31 August 2013 18:08

Martin Jol believed his Fulham side deserved at least a point after Saturday’s late 1-0 loss at Newcastle United.

The Whites looked to be heading for a draw after heroics from David Stockdale and some brave defending in the Fulham ranks had frustrated the Magpies.

But Hatem Ben Arfa broke the deadlock with five minutes remaining to win it for Newcastle and leave Whites boss Jol understandably disappointed.

“I don’t think it was a tough afternoon,” he said. “I think we could have done a lot of damage today and got some points on the board.

“In the first half we looked good in midfield, we played in a different style but the only thing we could be critical of was the lack of a cutting edge. We had three or four situations in front of goal where we miscontrolled it through Darren Bent and Alexander Kačaniklić - we could have punished them.”

It was the second season in succession that the Whites had been undone by a late winner at St James’ Park and Jol continued: “We looked a bit tired in the second half and that put all the pressure on. Last year was the same, they scored one goal and were over the moon as if they played great, but they didn’t. We deserved at least a point.

“I was pleased with my defenders and the midfielders. Bent was always playing off the shoulder. We could have done better and created more.”

Ben Arfa caused the Whites all manner of problems but Jol felt his side had done well to contain the threat of the Frenchman until his late strike.

“We doubled up on him first half and he couldn’t get his shots in,” mused Jol. “We should have blocked his shot, we had two players there.”

With the transfer window closing on Monday, Jol was asked if there would be any more additions to his attacking ranks.

He responded: “If you saw what we did with Bent, he gave us what we wanted. Adel Taarabt had a little ankle problem after Burton Albion and he’s a terrific player. With Damien Duff, Kačaniklić, Ashkan Dejagah and Taarabt, we are okay.”