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Martin Jol admits Wolves were better team

last updated Tuesday 23rd August 2011, 10:31 AM

Fulham manager Maarten Jol
Fulham manager
Maarten Jol
Maarten Jol
Fulham manager Martin Jol has admitted that they were rightly beaten 2-0 away by Wolverhampton Wanderers in the Premier League on Sunday afternoon.

Kevin Doyle and Matt Jarvis scored for the hosts in the final five minutes of the first half, as the Cottagers have now failed to win either of their opening two league games of the season following their goalless home draw with Aston Villa last weekend.

Jol is understandably frustrated at his team's defeat at Molineux especially after a comprehensive 3-0 victory over Dnipro in the first leg of their Europa League play-off tie at Craven Cottage on Thursday.

"You could tell that they deserved to win this game," the Dutchman told Sky Sports News.

"They were the better team. They had more urgency to play and made more application."

Forward Bobby Zamora was not included in the squad for the match at Molineux and Jol explains that it was because he suffered a late injury.

"Bobby was okay during the week but this morning his ankle was bothering him a lot, so we pulled him out," Jol added on Fulham's official website.

"He's doubtful for Thursday as well (second leg in Ukraine)."
Wolves manager Mick McCarthy
Wolves manager
Mick McCarthy

Wolves manager Mick McCarthy felt his team proved a point about their playing style with Sunday's 2-0 victory over Fulham at Molineux.

Cottagers striker Bobby Zamora suffered a broken leg following a challenge by Karl Henry when the two sides met in London last September.

Fulham captain Danny Murphy later caused a storm when he criticised the aggressive approach adopted by some top-flight clubs, with Wolves among those he made specific reference to.

McCarthy revealed earlier this week that Murphy apologised for his comments before the return fixture in April.

Nonetheless, the Yorkshireman was left irked by the reputation his side had gained from the episode, so was delighted to see them overcome their opponents with a flowing performance this afternoon.

"I don't think we started in control of the game, but we grew into it and were comfortable - we got better and better," McCarthy said.

"What is pleasing is that we gained this reputation last year for being a dirty team at Fulham by kicking them off the park, which is just so wrong.

"I really enjoyed watching my team play football against them today and beating them in the right way. "It is nothing to do with (Fulham boss) Martin Jol or the players - it was just that incident last year really did us a dis-service, so it is pleasing to put that to bed."

Kevin Doyle opened the scoring in the 42nd minute when he collected Matt Jarvis' pass and smashed a shot past Mark Schwarzer.

Jarvis then doubled the hosts' advantage in first-half stoppage time, pouncing after Roger Johnson's header had come back off the woodwork.

The result means Wolves, who triumphed 2-1 at Blackburn last weekend, have recorded back-to-back league wins at the start of a campaign for the first time since the 1998-99 season.

They also temporarily moved to the top of the Barclays Premier League table, until Manchester City's 3-2 win at Bolton later this afternoon, but McCarthy is not paying much attention to the standings at this early stage.

He said: "I'm not really bothered about the league position - we start near the bottom every year alphabetically.

"But it's nice to win two games, back-to-back in the Premier League. It is a really good achievement."

It was a generally dominant display from Wolves, who might have added to their lead against a Fulham side playing their ninth game of the season due to their exploits in the Europa League qualifying rounds.

McCarthy was sure facing Ukrainian outfit Dnipro in the competition only three days earlier would have taken its toll on the Cottagers.

"I think Fulham were at a definite disadvantage having played on Thursday night," McCarthy said.

"I can't imagine - it will be a long time before I want to get into the Europa League.

"If we look like getting in through the Fair Play League, I'm going to tackle somebody."

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