Martin Jol warns Fulham not to be complacent to make Premier League safety certain


The team face Arsenal at Craven Cottage

By Kalika Mehta

Martin Jol has warned his Fulham side that there is no place for complacency ahead of their London derby against Arsenal.

The Cottagers reached the coveted 40-point mark this season against Aston Villa, usually guaranteeing safety and sit in tenth position.

But with Fulham only nine points ahead of Wigan Athletic in the last relegation spot, Jol insisted only a strong finish to the season will secure safety.

“I don’t know how many points we need,” Jol said. “Hopefully we are safe.

“Of course there’s that little thing with Wigan as they have a game-in-hand and you never know, because they’re specialists in escaping relegation.

“We’ll have to wait and see, there are a few teams having a few problems to pick up the points.

“It’s important that we gain some points in the next couple of matches.”

Emmanuel Frimpong is ineligible to face his parent club but midfielder Alex Kacaniklic could be involved after being recalled from Burnley.

Steve Sidwell returns from his three-match ban following his red card against QPR and Jol dismissed any questions over his fitness.

Jol said: “He’s a character, he wants to do extra training – he wants to be fit for the next game.

“He did extra training and prepared for the match against Arsenal so there is no doubt in my mind that he will be the same as he was before [his suspension].

“Steve gives us something extra in our midfield, on and off the ball, so we are happy that he will be back.

“I always like it when players, even if they’re not playing, stay positive and he is great to have here.

“After Mousa Dembélé left I think he did ever so well and he’s played a big part in what we did this year.”

Jol, brought up on a diet of total football, was full of praise for Arsene Wenger’s men, feeling they have handled pressure well this time out.

“This season, if you look at Arsenal, they were under pressure and then they had an unbelievable win at Bayern Munich,” Jol said.

“They are fighting with other teams like Chelsea, Tottenham Hotspur, and Everton for a top three or four spot.

“But hopefully we can get back to winning ways because it is important that you focus on yourself to do that.”

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