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Jol tells Fulham to focus on Norwich

last updated Friday 30th March 2012, 9:48 PM

Fulham manager Martin Jol
Fulham manager
Martin Jol
Martin Jol
Fulham manager Martin Jol has put Fulham's narrow and controversial defeat to Manchester United out of his mind, and has urged his players to do the same ahead of their clash with Norwich.

Fulham were beaten 1-0 at Old Trafford on Monday, but could have taken a point had they not have been denied a clear penalty in the closing stages.

The fallout from referee Michael Oliver's decision has continued all week but Jol is looking to move on, despite believing his side were robbed of a draw.

When asked about the incident, he said: "I've heard about it (wrong decisions) over the last two decades in England so that is a discussion you will get with any situation which is going against your team, and this was the situation for me because it was a clear-cut penalty.

"Everybody saw the occasion. I told the referee what I thought about it and expressed my opinion so for us it's probably the most important thing that we give a response (on Saturday), that is the only thing which matters to me.

"So for me it's not important what other people say about it.

"It's more important that we played that game, we had that situation and I feel that in hindsight we should have ended up with a draw there."

Wayne Rooney's first-half goal condemned the Cottagers to their third successive Premier League defeat, which disappointed Jol who believed they had started to put a run together in the preceding games.

"We thought we'd turn things around against Swansea but we didn't and we had a difficult game away against Manchester United so after having three wins on the trot, we had three defeats and that's not what you want," he added.

"We want to get out of this situation because there were a lot of clubs winning their games last weekend, putting them on 39 or 40 points and that is exactly what we wanted so hopefully we don't have to wait too long to achieve that."

Fulham face a stern test from a Norwich team who have surprised everyone with their form this season and currently sit two places above Jol's side in the table.

Jol has been impressed by last season's Championship runners-up.

"I think Norwich have done more than pretty well, they've been fantastic," he said.

"They're on 39 points now, they've used a lot of players, they've got a similar record to us away from home but they're very strong at home.

"I don't think there's a big difference between the teams, the only thing is they have got a lot of players and they play in different systems and they use more players than we do."

Russia international Pavel Pogrebnyak is likely to lead Fulham's forward line against Norwich and Jol is hoping to sign the Stuttgart loanee on a long-term basis in the summer.

He said: "I think he (Pogrebnyak) said in the press that he would like to stay so talks are going on with him and he will make his mind up in the next couple of weeks.

"I think the talks have been constructive because he's said that he would like to stay. I've had a word with him a couple of times and he's happy here, he knows that his situation could change because he's experienced that in his career and here I think the grass is green for him so hopefully he appreciates that."

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