Fulham manager Martin Jol expressed his concern that his side were not turning draws into wins at Craven Cottage after Thursday's Europa League opener against FC Twente.

Mark Schwarzer's own goal condemned the Cottagers to a frustrating 1-1 draw against the Dutch club in a tie which they dominated for the most part. The west Londoners took the lead courtesy of a neat Andrew Johnson flick but the visitors' equaliser left Fulham reflecting on their third home draw in four matches.

"I felt you can't do more than we did in the first half," he said. "Everything went well. We pressed them at the right times and scored from that [period] as well. We played good football and the second half was probably different because we tried to force the issue."

 

Jol added: "Then they had some space to hit us on the break and they did that a couple of times. That is the only thing. If you don't score goals easily enough then you still have to try to.

"Keeping our shape is a lesson we have learned for next time but the worry of course is four matches and three draws. I have to say all those games we have been the better team.

"It is the same story. Against Aston Villa we were the better team, against Blackburn the same and now.

"Of course I cannot blame anyone because they did well but we have had to put a lot of energy in.

"With a game against Manchester City coming up [on Sunday], that is the only disappointing thing."

Fulham's performance belied their poor Barclays Premier League showings, but Schwarzer's own goal forced the teams to share the points.

The Australia international was unfortunate to deflect home a Luuk de Jong header that rebounded off the post, against the goalkeeper, and in just before the break in the Group K encounter.

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