Jol fury as Saints hold Fulham

Fulham manager Martin Jol compared his mood to a “thunderstorm” after a drab performance by the Londoners allowed Southampton to snatch a point yesterday.

Dimitar Berbatov’s eighth-minute strike looked enough for the Whites to secure victory on a wet and blustery afternoon at Craven Cottage.

However, Rickie Lambert’s penalty five minutes from time earned Southampton a 1-1 draw, meaning Fulham have won just one match in 11 attempts.

“I am like a thunderstorm, I am very angry,” Jol said. “Sometimes with myself and sometimes you can do something about it.

“You want to change things and sometimes the players are not there to change things.

“I was very happy today at half-time to be able to bring Bryan Ruiz on but it was not enough.

“Against Liverpool, I was angry because we didn’t have the weapons to play with and that’s even more frustrating.

“Today I thought if we played in the way we could play, we could make it difficult for them.

“We could have scored again as we had a couple of chances, but not enough. You will never hear me say it was enough to earn three points today because it wasn’t.”

Jol was also irked by talisman Berbatov, who received an early booking for revealing a shirt saying ‘Keep Calm and Pass Me the Ball’.

“That was stupid,” he said. “I need to have a word with him.

“He probably thought ‘I will never get booked’ because he never gets booked. But later he had a situation where he could have gone so I will have a word with him because it is not the brightest thing to do.”

Fulham’s recent slump has coincided with a number of injuries and suspensions to key players.

Jol is confident of turning things around when they return and is planning business in the January transfer window to help boost his ailing side.

Standard Liege goalkeeper Sinan Bolat could well be the first new addition after finishing up his rehabilitation from a cruciate ligament injury at Fulham.

“He will have a free transfer in the summer,” Jol said. “We wanted to take him last summer but he had this injury.

“He wanted to do his rehab with us, his club gave him permission to do that and he is fit now. Now it is a decision to take him or to leave it in January.”

Bolat’s potential addition raises questions over the futures of Mark Schwarzer and David Stockdale.

Southampton manager Nigel Adkins has his own goalkeeping quandary to deal with, having played three different men between the sticks this season.

Current number one Kelvin Davis’s fumble for Berbatov’s opener will raise further questions over who to play in goal, although attention was firmly on a fine comeback by the Thames after the game.

“The players have shown a good resolve,” Adkins said.

“We scored a penalty but I think in the second half we looked like the team likely to go on and win the game.’’

FULHAM: Schwarzer, Riether, Hangeland, Senderos, Riise, Dejagah (Frei 67), Sidwell, Baird, Kacaniklic (Ruiz 46), Berbatov, Rodallega (Karagounis 78).

SOUTHAMPTON: Kelvin Davis, Clyne, Fonte, Yoshida, Shaw, Schneiderlin, Cork, Steven Davis (Rodriguez 78), Puncheon, Ramirez (Do Prado 90), Lambert.

Referee: Phil Dowd (Staffordshire).


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