Jol demands Cottagers focus

28 September 2011 07:34
Fulham manager Martin Jol admits the Cottagers must begin turning draws into victories, starting with Thursday's Europa League tie with Odense.[LNB] The west Londoners are the only Premier League side without a win this season and languish 17th in the table.[LNB]Fulham's winless streak stretches back eight matches in all competitions, with the last victory recorded against Dnipro on August 18.[LNB]Jol admits the run is frustrating and is hoping for a change of fortune in Thursday's Group K fixture at Odense.[LNB]"I think we will turn a corner somewhere," he said. "A draw is not a defeat.[LNB]"If we had four or five defeats it would have been a disaster.[LNB]"We weren't good enough in the final third of the pitch [against West Brom] but we still had seven or eight chances so that gives us a little bit of spirit coming back.[LNB]"It's a very thin line. Aston Villa have had five draws and one win and they've got a good position in the league.[LNB]"We should have beaten them at home, and even Blackburn.[LNB]"We had all draws, five on the trot I think, but we should have won even three of them."[LNB]Odense started the season in the Champions League, where they defeated Panathinaikos over two legs before losing to Villarreal in the play-offs - despite winning the home leg 1-0.[LNB]The Danish outfit also secured a 3-1 victory at Wisla Krakow in their Europa League group opener, but come into the match on the back of three successive defeats.[LNB]"They've got a few good players," Jol said.[LNB]"The only good thing, probably, is they lost three games, which is not typical for them, so maybe we can take advantage.[LNB]"They are a good team. All these Danish teams are good footballing sides.[LNB]"It is the same as in Holland, they try and play in a similar way.[LNB]"But, of course, we have a very good team and we have done well away from home in Europe.[LNB]"I think we need a result so it will be quite interesting.[LNB]"Wisla is a good team. I know them because the coach there is a Dutch guy, and they beat them 3-1 away from home.[LNB]"That was a very strange result, so that means they've got a lot of quality.[LNB]"That is why we need results - not only draws but three points. Hopefully we can beat them.[LNB]"If we can have another draw that's okay, but then you have to beat them at home.[LNB]"You need seven or eight points to get to the next stage."[LNB]Fulham boast a strong squad for Thursday's match but travelled to Denmark without Mousa Dembele and Bobby Zamora.[LNB]"Mousa Dembele has stayed in London," Jol added.[LNB]"Zamora did too as they both need some extra conditioning sessions because they weren't fit. They had a bug.[LNB]"Zamora was ill before the last game with West Bromwich.[LNB]"He was back in training yesterday but was not 100% so we left him with the staff with to make him ready for the next game."

Source: Team_Talk