Manager Reaction

Thursday 18 July 2013 08:30

Manager Martin Jol was pleased his side were able to break down a tough L.D. Alajuelense outfit as they secured a second tour win in Costa Rica.

Fulham won 3-1 thanks to goals from Steve Sidwell, Dimitar Berbatov and Alajuelense old-boy Bryan Ruiz, but we needed some quality from dead-ball situations to get us the victory.

“It was the second game of our preparations, we love being here and we love to play these games,” Jol said. “It was a very good team we played against and it was difficult to get through their screens because they are tactically very good and we were the same so it was difficult for them to find the space.

“In the end, a corner kick and a penalty kick made the difference and, of course, Bryan with his quality to finish. It looks a big score, 3-1, but I think it was a bit closer. I think it was more like a draw or maybe a little win for us.”

Jol was impressed with the Alajuelense team and how they attacked, but was also delighted with the fact that the Whites were able to register three goals for the second consecutive game.

“They are quite mobile, lively, quick, skilful and they can play, so it’s quite amazing for a small country with four or five million people to have teams like this,” he added. “It was tough for us, it was our second game so that’s not easy, we still managed to score three goals and we did it the other day against C.S Cartagines so we are pretty satisfied.

“I have to say the level of football here, and what I saw tactically, is good, because they played in a 4-4-2, quite offensive as well, but I think it wasn’t easy for them to get through. They had one chance in the second half and I have to look at the goal as there was a little suspicion [of offside] but maybe the linesman was right.”