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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."

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