Jol satisfied after stalemate

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Fulham manager Martin Jol admitted he was disappointed not to beat RNK Split on Thursday evening but refuted suggestions that his players lacked effort.

The Cottagers endured a frustrating night in Croatia as they struggled to a goalless draw in the first leg of their Europa League third qualifying round tie. Split proved dogged opponents throughout and Jol claimed a draw was a good result in the circumstances.

"I am satisfied with the result," said the Dutchman after the match.

"They played with three at the back and two wing-backs, which made it difficult to pressurise them. At the end of the day, we drew 0-0 away from home against a good side.

"I'm not happy with the result, but satisfied. There certainly was not a lack of effort from my players."

Despite naming a strong-looking side, Jol's team struggled to break down the resilient Croatian outfit - to the disappointment of 86 travelling fans.

Fulham were guilty of some poor passing and Split regularly found space down the flanks.

"They changed the formation, with three at the back," added Jol.

"Normally we put more pressure on the centre-backs but we had to drop off, which I don't like to do.

"But they had only three or four good chances, so that is the only thing we have to work on. We didn't do enough with the ball in their half and we have to do better."

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