Jol's Swansea Preview

Friday 17 May 2013 13:52

Manager Martin Jol is hopeful that the Club can finish their Barclays Premier League season on a high with a win over Swansea City on Sunday (4pm).

The Whites have lost their last five games, but could still secure a mid-table finish if they beat the Capital One Cup winning Welsh side and Jol thinks it would be a real boost for the travelling fans.

“I would love to have a good result over there,” he said. “Because it would put everything into perspective. We would be on 43 points and, of all the other teams around us, Swansea are the team who could probably finish in the top eight. If they beat us they could finish there, so it could be a real boost for us if we won.

Fulham and Swansea are both in a poor run – with the Swans winning just once in their previous nine – and Jol believes that, although they have received a lot of praise for their performances this season, there is not a lot to choose between them.

“The difference between us and Swansea is the game at Craven Cottage,” he said. “They have 46 points, we have 40, so if we had won that then we would both be on 43. We were the first team to have more possession than them and we made two mistakes in our defence and they scored. That is the Premier League though.”

 “The first spell we had, we were in the top five but then we had to change the team [because of the transfer window] and we had eight central midfielders. After Christmas we were very settled and we had a fantastic spell but then we had to change it again and if you look at all the other teams, even Swansea, they have had a very bad spell over the last eight or nine games. It’s hot and cold and that has been our season.”

Jol also revealed that Fulham have taken the option and reached an agreement with FC Cologne over the transfer of Sascha Riether.

Kieran Richardson is out of the game against Swansea with a hamstring injury that he picked up against Liverpool, but outside of long-term absentees Mahamadou Diarra and Ashkan Dejagah the rest of the squad are fit.