Manager Reaction

Saturday 21 September 2013 20:43

Martin Jol was disappointed his Fulham side couldn’t build on their positive first-half showing at Stamford Bridge on Saturday afternoon.

The Whites more than matched Chelsea in the opening 45 minutes, but the hosts nabbed two second-half goals to leave Jol feeling rueful.

“I’m not happy after a defeat but, especially in the first 50 minutes, I think they were really worried,” he said. “They couldn’t find the space, they couldn’t find a solution and that is probably the moment where you have to punish them, and we couldn’t do that.

“At half-time we were really pleased and we tried to do the same but the second half they stepped it up a gear; they were more aggressive than us and that is what showed with the first goal. We gave away the ball and they broke us, and the second goal was a corner kick.”

Fulham actually saw the game’s best chance come and go in the first half when Darren Bent’s shot was saved by Petr Cech, and our Manager admitted that his side just need that extra killer instinct in matches.

“If you play in the way we played, I think you have to create more, especially on the right and on the left flank,” he said. “We will in the future because we needed a little bit more, although I thought Ashley Cole had problems, and Branislav Ivanovic had a little problem against Alex Kacaniklic.

“But then we couldn’t continue to do that; the first half was okay but I think if you play away matches like we do, I think you have to do a  little bit more to get results. You have to learn and you have to step up, especially these young players.

“Hopefully we can build on the first half and do better. We need a win to get back in the top 10 because I think now we are 17th or 18th and we have to get out of that.”

The game saw two players achieve landmark moments at the Club, as Fernando Amorebieta was handed a full debut at the heart of defence, while Buomesca Tue Na Bangna made his first appearance for the Whites.

“Today I had to integrate Fernando at the back and that was a little risk, but I think he did ever so well,” Jol said. “Mesca, he couldn’t show it today, but he’s very quick. So I tried to do something up front with him and I said the only thing you have to do is run, but if the supply is not there then it’s a problem.

“It’s a first step for him. He came to us from Chelsea, he’s been with us for two years with two big injuries – he’s a good talent.”