Next Game

Cologne v Stoke

Saturday, 01 August 2015, 14:00

Friendly Match

Last Game

Stoke 2 - 0 Singapore XI

Saturday, 18 July 2015, 11:00

Barclays Asia Trophy 3rd/4th Place Play-Offs

Jol: We were bullied by Stoke

Martin Jol says Fulham were 'bullied' by Stoke in their 1-0 defeat at the Britannia Stadium on Saturday.

Last Updated: 25/11/12 at 14:21 Post Comment

Martin Jol: Disappointed with 1-0 defeat against Stoke

Martin Jol: Disappointed with 1-0 defeat against Stoke

Stoke have long been known to employ a physical approach in their games, something that paid off as Charlie Adam scoring the winning goal in the 26th minute.

But while Jol admits he had forewarned his team about Stoke's philosophy, the Dutchman insists he admires the Potters' playing style.

Asked if he felt Fulham had allowed themselves to be bullied in the first half, the 56-year-old: "Yes.

"We knew that and we said it before the game - they try to bully teams and they bullied us.

"You have to get them on the back foot and then play your football in their half.

"Then they will probably not be as good as they looked - but we couldn't do that in the first half.

"In the second half we did, but we needed a lot of forward players to try to create that - with Dimitar Berbatov, Mladen Petric, Ashkan Dejagah and (substitutes) Hugo Rodallega and Damien Duff. But it was disappointing that we still couldn't score.

"You have to try to build up, and it is possible, but you need self-belief, you need quality and you must not let Stoke force themselves on you.

"That is what they did in the first half, but possibly they could not in the second half."

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

I

f Jose left a mess at Inter Milan then Rafa cleaned it up with a hand grenade and a bag of compost

westwoodbo
Benitez 'tidying up Mourinho's messes'

T

he name of the article is apt as all my wildest dreams will come through if it turns out to be true

parsy12
The Vote Pedro Gossip

Y

ouri Tielemans is everything Jack Wilshere wants to be!

ross1119
F365's Top Ten Breakthrough Stars Of 2015/16

Footer 365

Arsene Wenger responds to Jose Mourinho taunt

Arsene Wenger has brushed off Jose Mourinho's latest taunts after the Chelsea boss said the Gunners' recent spending may come as "a surprise".

Manuel Pellegrini backs Raheem Sterling to justify price

Manuel Pellegrini insists Raheem Sterling will justify his club-record £49million price tag at Manchester City in the coming years.

Jose Mourinho: Arsenal spending way to title contention

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho says Arsene Wenger is buying his way into Premier League title contention.

Mail Box

Di Maria Just Didn't Fit (S**t Happens)

If a signing doesn't work there doesn't have to be a massive witch hunt. So there. Plus a detailed net spend rant, Breel Embolo, computer games and Louis van Gaal...

The Calculator Is On Wenger's Side...

Over the last five years, Arsenal's net spent is about 55% of Chelsea's, so shush your mouth Jose. Plus, Van Gaal is attacked and defended in equal measure...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company