Fulham boss Martin Jol admits his team were outclassed by Everton at Goodison Park


The manager is hoping to bring in new faces in the summer


By Kalika Mehta

Martin Jol admitted that his Fulham side did not perform well enough against Everton to deserve to come away with any points.

Steven Pienaar’s 16th minute shot was all that separated the sides, continuing the Cottager’s poor form against the Merseyside team having last beaten them in 2009.

But with Fulham’s Premier League status confirmed for a 13th straight season, Jol admitted he is looking forward to the summer and potentially bringing in some new faces.

“I think with a little bit of luck we could have had a point but it was a well-deserved win for them,” he said.

“The first half we didn’t play with a purpose and we played like underdogs and we don’t want that. The second half was a bit better and we had a few opportunities.

“But, in the end, when we changed our shape we looked a bit loose and then they had two big chances as well so they could have won two or three nil.

“Our away form is not as bad as it was before and to lose 1-0 away at Everton, I’m not going to say I can live with it, but we should have shown a bit more and been a bit stronger.

“We will always find players like Mladen Petric or Hugo Rodallega but, of course, it’s not easy.”

Jol added that top scorer Dimitar Berbatov remained a doubt after the striker limped off in the first half and now faces a spell on the sidelines.

The Bulgarian has scored 13 goals for The Whites since his move to Craven Cottage in August last year, but Jol is hopeful he will be ok.

“I think Dimitar has got a little tear in his calf, but hopefully not,” Jol said.

“He could be out for a couple of weeks.”

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