Alexander Kacaniklic has insisted that Martin Jol doesn't deserve to be criticised for Fulham's poor start to their Premier League campaign.
The Fulham midfielder played the full 90 minutes against Everton in the Capital One Cup on Tuesday, as goals from Dimitar Berbatov and Darren Bent gave his side only their second win against top-flight opposition this season.
Pressure has been starting to mount on Dutch manager Jol, with a number of lacklustre performances meaning Fulham are slumped in the relegation zone after the first five games.
When the London-side conceded a devastating last-minute equaliser to West Brom and
Gareth McAuley almost fortnight ago, a section of supporters stayed behind at Craven Cottage to chant for Jol's departure.
The Dutchman appeared set for a similar scenario on Tuesday, when his side were
booed off after trailing at half-time, but a second-half comeback ensured there is a much lighter mood going into this weekend's clash with Cardiff City.
And after the win, Swedish international Kacaniklic urged supporters to back the man he describes as a "great" manager.
He was quoted by The Telegraph as saying: “We should have won the West Brom game but we were unlucky and it was the same against Newcastle.
“He is always encouraging us so we are really happy for him and the team. We are close. He is always out on the training pitch with us and wants to get involved. He is great.
“Everyone has got their own style but, as a player, you want to be able to speak to the
manager and have confidence that you can speak to him," he added.
The former Liverpool youth-team player has figured in almost all of Fulham's games
so far this season after being sent to Burnley for a temporary spell last term.
Yesterday, Jol expressed his belief that the side's League Cup victory would be the catalyst for a rise up the table.
He told BBC London: "I thought at the start of the season we did not have enough goals in us.
"This game showed me, with Darren Bent and Dimitar Berbatov on the scoresheet, that we have got enough quality.
"You have to score to win games and that is exactly what we did against Everton."
He added: "We need to find the right balance and hopefully our supporters realise if everyone is fit and available we will get back to winning ways.”
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