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JOL ON FULHAM DRAW

Posted on 20 January 2007  - 12:00

Martin Jol was pleased with how the lads stood up to the physical test provided by Fulham in Saturday's gritty draw at Craven Cottage.

Martin Jol was pleased with how the lads stood up to the physical test provided by Fulham in Saturday's gritty draw at Craven Cottage.

In another feisty encounter between these sides, Teemu Tainio limped out early with an ankle injury, Heidar Helguson was sent off for two bookable offences, one in each half, and the home team took the lead from the penalty spot before Pascal Chimbonda levelled it up three minutes from time.

"There wasnt relief (that we'd levelled late on) because there was no danger," said Martin at Craven Cottage. "Fulham use a certain style against us and that could have been a problem but we matched them and that was good.

"I felt from the first moment they were very physical and we did better in that respect."

Asked about not taking advantage of playing against 10 men fo half-hour, Martin said: "In England, people talk about 11 v 10 but if you play 4-4-2 and one striker comes off, there is no difference.

"The only difference is that either Michael Dawson or Anthony Gardner can play a long ball and that's not our game.

"We brought on Aaron Lennon and had more width and he was dangerous a couple of times. Steed Malbranque was on the left and gave us width that side and we just hoped Robbie Keane could create something.

"I am disappointed we didn't create more because at home we create over 20 chances. We had a couple of opportunities in the first half with Dimitar Berbatov and Hossam Ghaly, but they didn't shoot and that is something we have to work on.

"I have to say though I was happy with our defensive performance because it's not easy against Fulham, but you have to score a goal and then you can nick it."

As for the penalty - it looked a harsh handball decision on first viewing - Martin added: "I haven't seen it again, Michael said it hit him here (patting his his shoulder). I'm not sure."