Don’t rely on anyone else: Martin Jol thinks Fulham are safe, but wants control of own destiny


The Cottagers were forced to play 80 minutes with ten-men against Arsenal.



Martin Jol is confident that Fulham have secured their Premier League status for another year despite picking up only one point from the last 12 available.

 In a bad-tempered affair the Cottagers were forced to play 80 minutes with ten-men when Steve Sidwell was sent off for a lunge on Mikel Arteta.

Per Mertersacker’s header in the 43rd minute proved to be decisive, and while Jol believes Fulham are safe, he wants them to be in control of their own destiny.

“We want to pick up a few results and get near to 50 points,” Jol said.

“Wigan Athletic and Aston Villa have got a big hill to climb but that is not what we want [to rely on].

“Of course it’s a heavy schedule and after today’s result it will probably be difficult to get these points.”

Jol admitted he was angry with Sidwell who had only just returned from serving a three-match ban following his red card against QPR, while Arsenal had Oliver Giroud dismissed late on.

 “I was annoyed with him,” the 57-year-old said. “He has just come back from a three-match suspension and now he is out for another four.

“It is disappointing but he should not sell himself, he should stay on his feet. I would not have given it, but I am his manager. “

I am 100 per cent certain it was mis-timed and he did not do it on purpose but he caught the guy.

“If he had booked him and the same with Giroud I would have taken that.”

The Whites manager was full of praise for the rest of rise who he claimed battled like lions, but admitted he was left disappointed by the manner in which Fulham conceded the winner.

“We played with ten men for 83 minutes but had better chances than them on the break,” Jol said.

“We kept it 1-0 until the end and had a couple of opportunities to score and equalise.

“That would have been perfect and I could not ask for more.

“We did ever so well since probably December on set plays – to concede from them against Chelsea and Arsenal is disappointing.

“Organisation was not good, sometimes from all these changes you get this.”

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