Jol: Everton were better side

Fulham manager Martin Jol admits Everton were the better team after his side suffered a 1-0 defeat at Goodison Park on Saturday.

Last Updated: 27/04/13 at 22:18 Post Comment

The Cottagers handed the initiative to their hosts early on and never really retrieved it, with Steven Pienaar netting a 16th-minute strike which turned out to be the winner.

Jol concedes his side did not deserve to take much from the encounter but feels they improved in the second half.

"We didn't deserve a lot, they were the better team," he told Sky Sports.

"It's 1-0 and when it's 1-0 in an away game you always feel you could have had a bit more. But it could have been two or three (to Everton) as well so I can't complain.

"The second half was a bit better but the first half was lacking."

Jol was frustrated to see some of Everton's players go unpunished for challenges on members of his side.

He added: "The challenges on Urby (Emanuelson), (Alex) Kacaniklic and (Giorgos) Karagounis, the referee said 'no, it was nothing'.

"We've had a few red cards for these challenges. But that was only frustration."

Jol had to replace Dimitar Berbatov after just 30 minutes because of injury but he said it was too early to say whether the Bulgarian would miss the remainder of the campaign.

Asked whether he had ruled out the striker for the final three games of the season, Jol added: "Berbatov has got a tear in his calf. He normally says he is a quick healer so hopefully not."

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

W

riting a minute by minute account on Berbatov would be like chronicling the days of the guy punished for sloth in the movie Se7en. Day 4 - lay in bed, did nothing - 15th minute, stood there did nothing .

lustral
Taking A Close Look At Mario...

W

hen players in their 30s leave Real Madrid, it's usually to Bolton Wanderers. I miss those days.

sailingmagpie
Top Ten CL Players Whetting Our Appetite

W

ow Pete, you would make an excellent stalker!

fouloleron
Taking A Close Look At Mario...

Footer 365

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer leaves Cardiff City by mutual consent

Ole Gunnar Solksjaer has left Cardiff City by mutual consent after nine months in charge.

Premier League: Burnley boss Sean Dyche happy to stick to underdog status

Burnley boss Sean Dyche accepts that the Clarets will be regarded as underdogs in the Premier League this season.

England move up FIFA world rankings after Switzerland victory

England, Northern Ireland and Wales move up the latest FIFA world rankings after recent wins in European qualifiers.

Mail Box

Could Arsenal Benefit From Top Four Exit?

That's one idea in the morning mailbox as the Arsene Wenger debate rumbles on. Plus, comparing Welbeck to Gervinho and some advice for Greg Dyke and the FA...

I've Given It Some Thought: He's Got To Go

There is some more considered reaction to Arsenal and Liverpool's results, plus a big get well soon message for Jonas Gutierrez. And an apology to Merse...

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