Jol laments AJ absence

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Martin Jol admits Fulham's vital Europa League clash with Odense has been made harder by Andrew Johnson's absence.

The Cottagers suffered a last-gasp 1-0 defeat to FC Twente on Thursday night as they wasted the chance to make the knockout stage. Fulham knew three points in Holland would guarantee qualification from Group K, but they ultimately claimed none as Austrian substitute Marc Janko stabbed home from close range.

Johnson's red card in stoppage time compounded matters and means he will miss the all-important final group match with Odense, and Jol said: "It was probably not what you want, a player sent off in the final minutes out of frustration. It was a second booking, and he knew that he was booked. You need all your players, especially Andy Johnson, who has scored goals in Europe."

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