Search

Relieved Jol hails ‘important’ victory over West Ham

08:24 31 January 2013

Fulham

Fulham's Manager Martin Jol walks off at the end of the Barclays Premier League match at Craven Cottage, London. Picture: PA Wire

PA Wire/Press Association Images

Fulham manager Martin Jol is hailed last night’s “vital, vital” win over London rivals West Ham.

After just two wins in 15 Premier League games, there have been growing rumbles of discontent from sections of the west Londoners’ support base.

However, that air of tension has begun to dissipate over the last 24 hours, with news the club has become debt-free followed by a 3-1 win over the Hammers.

Dimitar Berbatov celebrated his 32nd birthday with a vital - if offside - opening goal, although Kevin Nolan levelled for the visitors at the start of the second half.

The Whites rallied and regained the lead a minute later through Hugo Rodallega, before Joey O’Brien turned in a Mladen Petric shot in stoppage time.

“The result was very important,” Jol said. “It was a vital, vital win.

“They were on 27 points, we had 25. Norwich were on 26 so it is a vital win.

“I am a happy customer, especially is you saw this game and the last four games here at home.

“We lacked a bit of luck, sometimes a bit of quality and today the first half we were good.

“We were happy to score that goal, although I’ve heard it was irregular but I am not sure.

“Maybe it was offside but I can remember a couple of moments this season when we had the same decisions against us so, as you say in England, you win some, you lose some.

“Hopefully today we won some and that was probably the case with the first goal.”

The only bad news last night was injury-related, with Jol revealing Berbatov requires a scan on a hamstring injury. However, Philippe Senderos is fine despite limping through the final 10 minutes.

Related articles

0 comments

Latest Sport Stories

18:40
Romford's Dave Ajumobi (1) represented Great Britain with the Midnight Madness team in Germany this month

Leopards ace helps squad reach GRC final

United Kingdom
Leyton Orient's Jay Simpson celebrates with Blair Turgott after scoring his first at Woking (Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO).

Forward discusses Ian Hendon, Fabio Liverani and pre-season campaign

Jay Simpson
12:47
Midnight Madness is coming to London in August (pic: Graham Hodges)

Defensive ace added to roster

United Kingdom
Peterborough United's Jack Payne (right)

Orient head coach discusses the latest on Jack Payne and how Scott Kashket will be among his forward options for the season

Ian Hendon

Most read sport

Competitions

Get your hands on some fresh trainers!

Need some new shoes to head to work or some new heels for a night on the cobbles? London24 has teamed up with online retailer Sole Trader to offer £100 worth of shoes to one lucky reader.

Read more
Take in the stunning sites of London from the summit of the O2!

Up at The O2 has teamed up with London24 to give one lucky reader the chance to experience urban mountaineering this summer with an exhilarating 90-minute climb across the roof of one of London’s most iconic landmarks.

Read more

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Newham Recorder e-edition today E-edition
Family Notices 24


Our trusted business finder