Pressure mounting on Jol

29 September 2013 11:07
Post match reaction from Craven Cottage

Malky Mackay had by far the easier of the post match press conference after City's 2 - 1 win over Fulham.

A dominat first half and a simply stunning exocet of a finish from Jordon Mutch to win the game meant Malky could praise his teams effort.

"I was delighted with the way we played today" said Malky, from the first minute till the last. We ended up with 24 attempts at goal and away from home that's a fantastic stat.

"We kept striving for the win. We put on three substitutions to try to win the game and one of the players ended up scoring a fantastic goal.

"I think we got our just rewards in the end. We deserved to win the game.

"We've got a real belief after six games, about our ability to play at this level and be at home at this level."

For Martin Jol is was a more depressing session having to defend his position and look back at a record of six defeats in the last seven Premier League games at Craven Cottage.

Jol faces the lonely walk across the Craven Cottage pitch after the final whistle

"I'll always be calm" said Jol, "but I hate it when people are getting worried and nervous, especially when they ask a manager to quit.

"That is awful, because you never know what will happen with a new manager.

"If we are bottom of the table at the end of the season it's not about me, because I won't be here, it's about the club and I don't want to see this club at the bottom of the table.

"They (the fans) expect us to do better.

"If you are in the bottom three or bottom five, even if it's early in the season, you get pressure.

"I take responsibility, because I can't say that the players don't work hard."

It is not unusual for Fulham to be scrapping at the foot of the standings, Jol said.

He added: "Fulham is not a club who should be in the top six. We were 20th in the league in spending money."

Asked if he has the confidence of Fulham owner Shahid Khan, the billionaire owner of the Jacksonville Jaguars NFL franchise, Jol pointed to the key difference with American sport.

Jol said: "For the owner it's different. In America you can't go down. (If) the Jaguars are bottom of the table, they can't go down.

"In England you can go down, so that makes people nervous. I can appreciate that."

Asked if he is now nervous about his own position, Jol said: "I know that we can do a lot better.

"I've got players who have played 300 games. We had all the size in the world today and we still lost headers in the far post, even when we are 6ft 6ins or 7ins. And that is worrying."

After conceding from a last-gasp set-piece to suffer a draw with West Brom in the previous Premier League contest at Craven Cottage, Fulham left Steven Caulker unmarked to head in Cardiff's opener and desperate defending played a part in Mutch's winner, well struck though it was. Bryan Ruiz had equalised before the interval.

"You have to defend, you have to defend especially corner kicks," Jol said.

"That is the easiest way to defend. The only thing you have to do is do something against your opponent.

"You talk about it, you do it in training and the next game they score from a corner kick. It's awful."

Source: Cardiff City Online