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Forecast’s bleak for Jol after Fulham drop points
10:32am Thursday 27th December 2012 in Sport
FULHAM manager Martin Jol compared his mood to a ‘‘thunderstorm’’ after a drab performance by the west Londoners allowed Southampton to snatch a point.
Dimitar Berbatov’s eighthminute 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. He will be fit to start against Swansea.
‘‘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 a difficult for them.
‘‘We could have scored again as we had a couple of chances, but it is 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.
‘‘He wanted to make a statement and he is telling us and the youngsters every day to play with confidence, keep the ball and not to be afraid.
‘‘That is what he wants and today I think he was right because you need self-belief and confidence to play your football.
‘‘I won’t say it was terrible but it was not good enough for us to say we should have won this game.’’ 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 side.
‘‘We are always looking and trying to get players,’’ he said.
‘‘Maybe we’ve got the time now to do something because we’ve lost quite a few players in the transfer windows.
‘‘We have suffered from that and hopefully we can do something.
We have targets in mind.’’ 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.
Kelvin Davis’ 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.
‘‘When you come away from home to leave with something is important.
‘‘If you look at the second half I think we’ve had a good amount of possession, a few opportunities.
‘‘We scored a penalty but I think in the second half we looked like the team likely to go on and win the game.
‘‘It is about picking up results.
At the start of the campaign we played eight out of the top 10 in our first 10 games of the season.
‘‘The goals against column consistently now is more reduced to what it was.
‘‘There’s a togetherness about everybody and maybe we are not getting punished like we were at the start of the campaign but there’s a growing experience.
‘‘The players are working very hard for each other and we are maturing all the time.’’