Fulham v Wisla Krakow: Match Preview

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Fulham v Wisla Krakow;
Europa League;
Craven Cottage;
Thurs, 3rd Nov; 2005 KO

Team news

Fulham are without Moussa Dembele, who was sent off in the side’s last tie and is banned for this match. Olando Sa (hamstring), Phillipe Senderos (thigh) and Aaron Hughes (thigh) are also out of contention. Otherwise, Martin Jol is expected to select a strong squad.

For Wisla, Milan Jovanovic, Marko Jovanovic and Ivica Iliev have all suffered knocks and are waiting to pass a fitness test to play.


Jol won’t sanction acting

Martin Jol says he won’t be encouraging his players to dive in tonight’s Europa League match with Wisla Krakow, despite Fulham suffering at the hands of play-acting in their last tie with the Polish side.

Moussa Dembele was sent off last month after Gervasio Nunez fell down after a seemingly soft tackle. Nunez grabbed his face, when he was pushed at shoulder height, and Dembele was subsequently shown a red.

But Jol insists that Fulham won’t play tit-for-tat tonight, as Wisla travel to Craven Cottage.

"I would have a word with [my player if they did what Nunez did] because it is not our style," he said. "You won't see that in our team.

"I felt the [referee] was quite experienced so it is about momentum.

"He has to make these decisions and probably in hindsight he would have seen it [was a mistake] because it was the fourth official that probably called it.

"It is a bit of teamwork so I don't want to blame him but it was certainly an awful match. If we had got a result we would be fine, you know?

"But we got reduced to 10 men and lost so it was almost like everything was for nothing and that was awful."

Fulham are currently second in the Group K table, and are three points adrift from FC Twente. The side desperately need a win tonight to stay in contention for the last 32.

"It is important for most of the teams to qualify, although English teams will say it is not the biggest thing in the world,” he explained.

"I think Fulham raised their profile in Europe a couple of years ago when they reached the final so there is a culture in this squad that they want to do well and I agree with that.

"Twente play a weaker team in Odense so we have to take things in our hands. If we get a good result, we are halfway there."


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