Fulham targeting top-half finish

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Fulham boss Martin Jol hopes last nights cup victory can inspire his side to climb up the Premier League table for a top half finish.

Two goals in under 15 minutes from Dimitar Berbatov and substitute Darren Bent helped the Cottagers to come from behind to dump high-fliers Everton out of the League Cup in what was Roberto Martinez's first loss as The Toffee's manager.

Jol's side have made a stuttering start to the campaign, they haven't won in the Premier League since the opening day when they beat Sunderland and are third from bottom after five games.

That is despite a strong summer for the west London club where they secured transfers for internationals Scott Parker and Maarten Stekelenburg as well as loans for Adel Taarabt and Darren Bent.

Though now, the Dutch manager hopes that his side can start climbing the table.

The 57-year-old told The London Evening Standard: “It is nice to get back to winning ways.

“This was a big relief and it will give us momentum. If the mentality stays like it is, we have got two home games so hopefully we can get back in the top half of the table.

“We are having to integrate players and help them get fitness at the same time." The former Tottenham manager explained.

“Normally we would do that in pre-season but now we have to do it while trying to get results. That has been the problem.

“We can only get these talented players if they are not playing well. Bent did not play for a year at Villa and Adel did not play over summer. That has been the problem. We could not score enough and we needed players like Bent, who can a score goal out of nothing.”

Fulham return to Premier League action this weekend when they welcome newly promoted Cardiff City to Craven Cottage.

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