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Jol takes positives from draw

Martin Jol felt Fulham were the better side in their 0-0 draw at Norwich, but was happy to have picked up another point.

Last Updated: 09/02/13 at 19:44 Post Comment

A forgettable encounter at Carrow Road saw both sides struggle in the final third, with defences very much on top.

Jol conceded that his side did not create enough, but feels there are positives to be taken from a potentially tricky trip out on the road.

"If you can't win, it's always good to get a clean sheet and a point," he told Sky Sports.

"Last year we were 1-0 up and then in the third minute of stoppage time they scored, so that was a draw as well.

"In the first half I thought we were the better team, controlled the game. Then you should score one or two goals, but we didn't.

"The point is okay, but I thought we should have had three points. I felt we were the better team but lacked a bit of momentum up front. If you are the better team you should exploit that and create more chances."

Satisfied

Jol saw his pre-match preparations hampered by illnesses to Sascha Riether and Chris Baird, but was pleased with how Emmanuel Frimpong and Stanislav Manolev fared on their Fulham debuts.

He added: "That is why we can be pretty satisfied. We had to play a different side.

"Sascha Riether was ill yesterday, Chris Baird this morning. I wanted to play Urby Emanuelson, but that would have meant that we had three players playing for the first time. At this stage of the season, that is not what you want."

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