Jol: We fought like lions

Martin Jol heaped praise on his Fulham side despite the defeat to Arsenal at Craven Cottage, insisting they 'fought like lions'.

Last Updated: 20/04/13 at 21:13 Post Comment

The Cottagers lost 1-0 to Arsenal with Per Mertesacker scoring on the stroke of half-time.

Despite playing for over 80 minutes with just ten-men due to Steve Sidwell's red card Fulham could easily have taken something from the game.

Olivier Giroud also saw red late on and Jol feels both could easily have been bookings.

"I would not have given it, but I am his manager,"Jol told Sky Sports of Sidwell's dismissal.

"I am 100 per cent certain it was mistimed and he did not do it on purpose but he caught the guy. It was not his intention but as I said it was mistimed. If he had booked him and the same with Giroud I would have taken that.

"It is disappointing but he should not sell himself, he should stay on his feet. It was not the most intelligent thing to do and he knows that but on the other hand it was the first foul of the game and he could maybe have stayed on.

"But I have to say that after that incident we fought like lions and we had better chances than them on the break. Our shape was good and we played well and they scored just before half-time.

"We kept it 1-0 until the end and then we swapped Petric on and had a couple of opportunities to score and equalise. That would have been perfect and I could not ask for more.

"It was our third game in six days and we played with ten men for 83 minutes, but we stuck to it and showed a lot of character and in the end we could have had a result."

Jol admits that his side were disappointed not to have taken something from the game.

"I really thought we did very well and it is disappointing to play for 83-minutes with ten men but I said to them in the dressing room we fought like lions and we could have had a result. A draw would have been deserved."

Jol was not happy with the goal, concluding: "Organisation was not good, sometimes from all these changes you get this."

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

A

gree with all of this, good work. Brazil has obviously mellowed you...

jeff beck
New Striker Not Liverpool's Priority...

C

lassic management. Build them up and then knock them back. Raise expectations and then dampen them. Create a dynamic where by you demand the most from your team, but where the team are given room to manoeuvre unexpected or unwanted results. Classy work by Van Gaal, he really reminds me a lot of me. A smart cookie, make no doubt.

hump3.
Van Gaal: 'I struggle for first three months'

H

e will be the England left back for ten years or more, and then you will have to thank MUFC for that. *smiles*

london saint
Shaw: Criticism spot on

Footer 365

Manchester United legend Paul Scholes says current squad unbalanced

Manchester United legend Paul Scholes says the current squad at Old Trafford is unbalanced.

Transfer news: QPR looking to sign Kolbeinn Sigthorsson from Ajax

QPR are looking to sign Kolbeinn Sigthorsson from Ajax, while they want a quick decision on Loic Remy's future.

West Ham's Ravel Morrison charged with assaulting two women

West Ham midfielder Ravel Morrison has been charged with assaulting two women.

Mail Box

Divock Origi Is Like Connor Sammon (Sort Of)

One Mailboxer inserts his tongue into cheek to offer his thoughts on Liverpool's newest signing. Plus thoughts on league-owned clubs, badges, and swearing...

Mails Come From A Land Down Under

We have an example of league-owned clubs from Australia while Kiwi boys want more respect for refs. Plus, Van Gaal won't stick with 3-5-2 and worried if Koeman will cut it...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property