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Fulham: Is Martin Jol feeling the pressure?

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A late stunner from Newcastle United's Hatem Ben Arfa saw manager Alan Pardew's side take a well-deserved victory against Fulham.

In the view of most spectators anyway, but Fulham manager Martin Jol was adamant that his side had dominated the game and deserved to take all three points. 

He said: "I don't think it was tough. I thought we could have done a lot of damage today to get the points on the board.

"In midfield we played it in a little bit of a different style, but I think the only thing we can be critical of is I don't think we had the cutting edge.

"We had three or four situations where we could have punished them. It was almost too easy.

"In the second half we looked a bit tired and they put their pressure on and started to put all their defenders behind the ball."

Having made his frustrations clear, Jol then proceeded to take his anger out with a cheap swipe at Newcastle's fans, saying:

"Of course, last year was the same when they scored one goal and they were over the moon and they thought they played great - but they didn't. We should have had at least a point today."

Granted that all managers are biased towards their teams but this is just ridiculous.

Jol is clearly a very expectant man if he wants his team to score four times from just three shots, because that's all they had in the game.

When you compare that with Newcastle's 25 shots, you start to see why some are questioning what Jol saw that led him to believe his side were worthy of victory. 

For Jol to then suggest that Newcastle "put all their defenders behind the ball" is both wildly hypocritical and embarrassing given that's exactly what Fulham did as they made no attempt to win the game.

To put it into perspective, Fulham's striker Darren Bent had less touches (20) than Newcastle's goalkeeper Tim Krul (27). It is also an incorrect suggestion for, as you can see here, Newcastle spent the majority of the game camped in Fulham's half.

Finally, to take a cheap swipe at the fans for going bonkers that their beleaguered team had finally won, both this time and with last year's late winner, reeks of poor class.

All of this points to a manager who is fearful for his job and needs all the points he can get. Embarrassing yourself in public is not the way to relieve pressure. 

You can get 10/1 for Jol to be the first manager to bite the dust. Worth a punt?

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