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Jol: Fulham lacked final touch

By Football News



Fulham coach Martin Jol believes his side should have got the win against Norwich at Carrow Road on Saturday.

Defences reigned supreme as a goalless draw was fought out and while Jol was content with getting a point, he felt his side did not create enough in the final third.

"If you can't win, it's always good to get a clean sheet and a point," Jol told Sky Sports.

"Last year we were 1-0 up and then in the third minute of stoppage time they scored, so that was a draw as well.

"In the first half I thought we were the better team, controlled the game. Then you should score one or two goals, but we didn't.

"The point is okay, but I thought we should have had three points. I felt we were the better team but lacked a bit of momentum up front. If you are the better team you should exploit that and create more chances."

Norwich boss Chris Hughton was pleased his defence kept a clean sheet and moved eight points clear of the relegation zone, particularly as his pre-match plans were compromised through the withdrawal of captain Grant Holt.

"I think we have to look at the positives. Certainly we are a lot tighter as a unit and are obviously not conceding the goals," Hughton said.

"It's a home game today and we were hopeful. We had some disappointing news this morning with Grant Holt, who pulled out with a back spasm, which hurt us a little bit. We had to change our plans and thoughts going into the game.

"It's a home game so we're disappointed that we perhaps weren't as good in that final third as we would have liked, but we were solid against a really good FulhamĀ  team who have got quality in the team.

"As soon as the game finishes you are looking at other results around and you hope that results went for us. They haven't been too bad, but it has to be about our own performances."

Both teams have home clashes next weekend with Norwich locking horns with Everton and Fulham welcoming Stoke City to Craven Cottage.