Jol remains upbeat despite defeat at Spurs
By Fulham FOL
Monday 14 May 2012 09:50:00
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Fulham ended up well-beaten at White Hart Lane as Martin Jol's men never truly recovered from an early goal against them.

However, a late rally might have nicked an unlikely point only for the woodwork to twice intervene.

Instead it was Spurs who secured fourth place in the league, although they must wait on Chelsea's Champions League final against Bayern Munich next Saturday before they will know which European competition they will be in.

A victory for Chelsea would dump Spurs into the UEFA Cup.

Emanuel Adebayor scored after just two minutes, the Togo international slipping the ball past Mark Schwarzer after a neat one-two with Rafael Van der Vaart.

Spurs were well on top in the early stages, buoyed by the goal, and came close to a second when Van der Vaart's drive went just wide.

Brad Friedel was brought into action for the first time late in the half when John Arne-Riise fired in a powerful shot after a powerful surge down the left. Friedal was also equal to Moussa Dembele's effort while Mahamadou Diarra fired over.

Spurs went two up in the 63rd minute through substitute Defoe, the striker netting from close range after Aaron Lennon's strike was blocked.

Damien Duff and Dembele both hit woodwork for the Cottagers late on, but it was too little too late..

However, Martin Jol was not down hearted at the season's work.

“I would like to have had a draw here and maybe be eighth but ninth is fantastic,” he said after the game.

“If you concede a goal after 90 seconds it is always difficult, you make it difficult for yourselves,” he said.

“We know that if you come to a place like White Hart Lane you have to play with flair and not be intimidated.

“In the first half an hour they were better, stronger and sharper and had everything to play for. We created a few chances and then they scored again after a bad clearance and that is exactly what you shouldn’t do,” he added.

 

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