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Martin Jol happy with Orlando Sa

last updated Monday 02nd January 2012, 5:39 PM

Fulham manager Martin Jol
Fulham manager
Martin Jol
Martin Jol
Martin Jol has called on Fulham to be more clinical in front of goal after wasting several chances during Saturday's draw at Norwich.

The Cottagers were just moments from securing only a second away Premier League win of the season at Carrow Road before Simeon Jackson grabbed a dramatic late equaliser.

Portugal striker Orlando Sa had fired Fulham into an early lead, and then had another effort cleared off the line before Clint Dempsey's header hit the bar.

Despite looking so comfortable during the first half, ultimately Fulham paid for failing to get themselves a two-goal cushion as Norwich forced them to defend deeper and deeper as the match went on.

Fulham striker Orlando Sa
Fulham striker
Orlando Sa
Orlando Sa
Jol knows if Fulham, knocked out of the UEFA Europa League, are to progress over the second half of the season, they must make more of their opportunities.

"We created three or four opportunities, but we only scored one. We should have scored probably more," said Jol, whose side host Arsenal in Monday's late afternoon kick off.

"That has maybe been a bit of our problem this season, we played some very good games, but even when we defended well, we could not score at the right times. That is what we have to do. But whatever happens, we will still play our football."

Saturday's goalscorer Sa joined Fulham from Braga on a free transfer at the end August, but had failed to find the net in 10 appearances.

However, the 23-year-old stretched Norwich at every opportunity on New Year's Eve after being handed another chance to impress in the continued absence of injured strike duo Bobby Zamora and Andrew Johnson.

Sa made a point of running to celebrate with the Fulham bench after his sixth-minute strike and Jol hopes there will be more to come.

"I have played him three times and he did not score. Hopefully Sa will be lifted now by his first goal, and he can become an important member of the squad," the Fulham boss said.

"I have got great confidence in him."

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