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Jol happy after another Fulham Euro win

last updated Friday 22nd July 2011, 2:31 PM

Fulham manager Maarten Jol
Fulham manager
Maarten Jol
Maarten Jol
Fulham manager Martin Jol was a happy man after Fulham's 4-0 Europa League Qualification victory over Crusaders at Craven Cottage last night

Jol said: "We started off well. The first half an hour saw good movement and everybody was involved. But after that we had a few sloppy spells and you don't want that."

Despite that veiled criticism, a decent crowd of 15,676 saw Zamora and Johnson forge the kind of partnership that Fulham would have thrived on last season had the two men not been hampered by serious injuries.

Johnson netted just three times in 29 appearances but Jol said: "There are a lot more goals in him. In every game I've seen him, he has been quick and worked hard."

Johnson's contract runs out at the end of the new campaign but despite reported interest from West Ham and West Brom, now led by former Fulham manager Roy Hodgson, Jol insisted he wanted to keep the 30-year-old. "He is part of our plans," he said. "We are talking with him and his agent."

It was Johnson who opened the scoring in the 18th minute following an excellent build-up which saw Brede Hangeland pick out John Arne Riise with a long pass. Riise, making his Craven Cottage debut, cleverly worked into space and fired a low cross which Zamora stepped over, leaving Johnson free to find the net from an angle.

Another long, threading pass, this time provided by Philippe Senderos, gave Damien Duff the chance to shrug off the close attention of Crusaders captain David Magowan and double Fulham's lead in the 55th minute.

After Zamora had scored his goal, Steve Sidwell finally made amends for a series of missed opportunities by bundling home Duff's looping corner 20 minutes from time.

Fulham now play RNK Split in the third round, the first leg taking place in the Croatian city next Thursday.

That game will revive happy memories of Fulham's debut in the UEFA Cup, forerunner of the Europa League, in September 2002 when Steed Malbranque scored the only goal at RNK's derby rivals Hajduk Split. Jean Tigana's Fulham drew the return at Craven Cottage 2-2 to progress 3-2 on aggregate

Source Evening Standard
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