Fulham boss eyes room for improvement

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Martin Jol bemoaned Fulham’s finishing touch after the side's 0-0 draw at NSI Runavik in their Europa League qualifier.

The Cottagers advanced 3-0 on aggregate, but Jol insisted he wants more from his side after a handful of opportunities against the Faroe Islands minnows went begging.

"It's not easy playing here but I feel if you create six or seven chances in the first half you should score," Jol said.

"In the first half we had seven or eight good chances and we have to be more productive and eager to score. In the second half I think we only had two chances which weren't enough.

Jol made four changes from his side that won 3-0 at Craven Cottage a week ago, but still fielded a strong side that included Mark Schwarzer, Bobby Zamora, Brede Hangeland, and Bobby Zamora.

"We have to get fitter and more creative and come up with solutions. In this sort of game you need players that can make a difference and we didn't have that.


"Defensively we were sound and we didn't concede, which is important but they did have one chance at the end. Technically you can see the difference between the players but they did well."

Fulham will now meet Crusaders of Northern Ireland in the second round of Europa League qualifiers.

Jol also confirmed that a fee has been agreed with Roma for left back John Arne Riise, believed to be in the realm of £2.5 million, and will have a medical today.

He said: “He's coming for a medical. If that's okay we've got ourselves a very good player.”

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