Fulham deserved a point : Martin Jol

last updated Saturday 31st August 2013, 9:27 PM


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Fulham manager Martin Jol was frustrated his forward players did not take advantage of a good performance in the 1-0 defeat at Newcastle.

The Cottagers looked on their way to a point at St James' Park before Hatem Ben Arfa struck an unstoppable effort five minutes before full-time to snatch all three points and Jol believes his side were hard done by.

He said: "I don't think it was tough. I thought we could have done a lot of damage today to get the points on the board.

"In midfield we played it in a little bit of a different style, but I think the only thing we can be critical of is I don't think we had the cutting edge.

"We had three or four situations where we could have punished them. It was almost too easy.

"In the second half we looked a bit tired and they put their pressure on and started to put all their defenders behind the ball.

"I really thought we should have finished them off that is what we did against Sunderland," Jol said.

"We played with two front players and we had Berbatov dropping and he was pulling the strings and we should have done better.

"But to be fair they put a lot of crosses in and we can't afford that but I think if we had scored we would have got more room up-front from that."

Fulham lost Sascha Riether to injury in the second half and Jol felt his loss allowed Newcastle to push on more.

"He is a very good full-back and he came off and we didn't have a lot of options, but they still got these crosses in and we have to get better - first half we had 50 per cent possession.

"The Arsenal defeat was disappointing and today we should have had a point or a win and I think we could have done it."

Jol did admit that Fulham want to bring in one new player before the close of the window, adding: "I think we will be, no more than one."

Jol did praise recent signing Scott Parker as he looked a real spark in Fulham's midfield.

"He is a terrific player and under pressure he turns and he is a really good player and that is what we needed," he continued.

Speaking to reporters after the game, Jol said: "They're over the moon as if they played great but they didn't, we should have had a point."

"We doubled up on him [Ben Arfa] and he couldn't get his shots in. For one moment John Arne Risse backs off [Ben Arfa scores]"























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