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Martin Jol left frustrated after draw

last updated Monday 12th September 2011, 10:17 AM


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Fulham manager Martin Jol was frustrated with Sunday's 1-1 draw against Blackburn and believes the lack of cutting edge cost them.

Both sides came into the match on the back of miserable starts to the season and a share of the spoils did little to lift the spirits of either sets of fans.

Fulham edged first-half proceedings but fell behind to a moment of magic from Ruben Rochina, who launched an unstoppable 18-yard drive in the 32nd minute.

The home side equalised six minutes later through Bobby Zamora's own inspired moment and Jol was disappointed that his side could not find a winner.

"It was frustrating," he said. "It was similar to the [goalless draw] against Villa, especially the second half.

"We deserved three points from that game and today it was probably the same.

"More and more nowadays in football for example you see Liverpool yesterday with 70 or 75% possession and still lose the game so that can happen.

"It is not easy to play in their half and we did that.

"We tried to do that in the first half but couldn't because we were a bit sloppy in midfield and everybody was bombing forward.

"And of course the style of this club is to try and play attractive football and in the second half that certainly happened.

"In the second half I can remember we had eight or nine crosses to the near post.

"They protected that well, but then we need to come up with good solutions.

"We needed better finishing. I've heard the phrase that we lacked a cutting edge and maybe today we did."

Much of the talk heading into the game surrounded £10.6million deadline day signing Bryan Ruiz's debut.

However, the Costa Rica international visibly struggled on his Barclays Premier League bow and was replaced by Mousa Dembele at half time.

While Jol admitted Ruiz had a tough start to English football, he believes he can eventually provide the cutting edge Fulham crave.

"That is the idea, that he will provide that cutting edge in time," he said.

"But the other is in football you have to be realistic.

"You could certainly see in the first half that there was some quality, but the pace is different.

"For me it was good he could get used to the pace and the damage was one goal and we scored as well so we could start the second half at 1-1, which was positive.

"Don't forget that the players I've got up front are good players.

"Dembele, like him, is a gifted player so there was no problem of using somebody else and of course he's used to the English game.

"Bryan has to get used to the English game and cope with it, and he'll certainly do that.

"There are a lot of foreigners who never cope with that, but he's an intelligent guy who wants to achieve things with us."

Fulham manager Maarten Jol Blackburn looked sturdy at Craven Cottage despite losing David Dunn and Christopher Samba to calf and back injuries respectively.

In addition, Junior Hoillet was concussed in a stoppage-time collision with Mark Schwarzer and Rovers manager Steve Kean was surprised not to see the latter sent off.

"I think just the way he spun and fell," he said. "He's got three or four stitches on the side of his head and was out for a few minutes, so he's concussed.

"It was quite a nasty challenge. I was expecting him to send him off.

"When I spoke to (referee) Howard [Webb], he felt that even if Hoilett had got the first touch, [Stephen] Kelly was coming round.

"At the time, and at the pace it happened, I thought it would be a red card.

"Schwarzer thought it might result in a goal, so he went all out for it. Hoilett, too.

"It was just a good professional attempt from each to score or prevent a goal.

"It's not a great challenge and he'll have some concussion. It's a bad one.

"It could have been worse. He was out for a little bit of time and it might affect him for the next game.

"He'll be fine."





















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