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Jol hits out at 'evil' Nzonzi

Fulham boss Martin Jol labelled Stoke midfielder Steven Nzonzi clash with Bryan Ruiz as 'evil' after his side's win at Craven Cottage.

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Nzonzi was somewhat fortunate to escape a red card after appearing to slap Ruiz in the face in the first half with referee Lee Probert only booking the Frenchman.

Jol was unhappy that Nzonzi was not punished for the incident, feeling he was lucky to stay on the pitch.

"I think he's very lucky to get a yellow card," Jol told Sky Sports HD2.

"This was a sort of knockout punch that was more than red. It was evil."

Jol was delighted with his side's win as they boosted their survival hopes with a much-needed three points to move further clear of trouble at the wrong end of the table.

"For us, today was vital," added Jol. "You know you can get dragged into problems but now we have 32 points we can look forward to the next couple of games."

Jol also singled out match-winner Dimitar Berbatov and Mark Schwarzer for special praise after the Fulham keeper saved a second-half penalty from Jon Walters to ensure Berbatov's first-half goal earned the home side the victory.

"I feel you always need special, professional players who can make a difference and today it was Dimitar," continued Jol.

"We were the better team in the first half but we needed Mark Schwarzer to get us the clean sheet and the three points."

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worry about these types of conclusions on a teams brilliance when it was very clear that Argentina had 4 chances where they really should have scored and on chances alone then it would have been the more pragmatic Argentinians who would be the best in the world. I like the Germany team but this just shows that even with planning it relies on a great deal of luck and finding your opponents at just the right time.

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e all know the British public don't have the patience to plan for 14 years. No chance. As soon as our young players don't win the world cup they get harrassed and abused to the point of mental breakdown. No, England likes to react to failure by sacking the manager and tearing up their best laid plans in favour of something shiny and new to keep the knee jerkers happy.

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lad Messi was player of the tournament, there was no-one more deserving. Except Robben. And James Rodriguez. Or Muller and half the Germany team etc etc

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