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Posted on 1 September 2007  - 12:00

Martin Jol pinpointed two key areas as to how we somehow came away with a draw at Fulham rather than the deserved three points.

Martin Jol pinpointed two key areas as to how we somehow came away with a draw at Fulham rather than the deserved three points.

The boss insisted the failure to build on our leads at 2-0 and 3-1 up and poor goals conceded cost us at Craven Cottage as the home side dramatically levelled at 3-3 via Diomany Kamara's overhead kick in the 90th minute.

The story of the game saw us sail into a 2-0 lead via Younes Kaboul and Dimitar Berbatov, Clint Dempsey gave Fulham a lifeline with a goal just before the break, Gareth Bale put us 3-1 up, Steed Malbranque hit the post, Berba had a shot cleared off the line and then Fulham rallied via Alexey Smertin's deflected effort and Kamara's equaliser.

"At 2-0 we should have scored the third and fourth and we didn't do it," reflected Martin afterwards.

"We then conceded a corner and a clean header and you can't concede goals like that.

"At 3-1 we hit the post and then had a ball cleared off the line from Berbatov, so you could say we were a bit unfortunate as well. On the other hand, even at 3-2 up, you have to defend more clinically. The equaliser was a throw-in and you have to win the first or second ball.

"There didn't seem to be any problems but then again, every opportunity ended up with a goal, including the deflection for the second.

"At 2-0 up we could have scored a third or fourth, their crowd was frustrated and it seems amazing that we still ended up with just a point.

"We lost against Sunderland in the dying seconds as well, so I can't say we are unfortunate all the time. If it's a wonderful attack then fair enough, but it was a corner kick and a throw-in. We have to defend better and cut the mistakes out.

"You've seen the games against Sunderland and Manchester United - we should have seven or eight points."