Jol: QPR win has lifted team

13 October 2011 03:57
Fulham manager Martin Jol believes the resounding defeat of Queens Park Rangers can be the turning point in their campaign.[LNB] Andrew Johnson's hat-trick spurred the Cottagers to their first Barclays Premier League victory of the season before the international break.[LNB]Danny Murphy's penalty along with efforts from Clint Dempsey and Bobby Zamora complemented Johnson's treble in a 6-0 win over their near neighbours.[LNB]Jol admitted he was shocked by the nature of Fulham's victory but believes it bodes well for the future.[LNB]"I was surprised by the margin of the win, especially against QPR," he said.[LNB]"They had two away wins so they are good away from home, with [Shaun] Wright-Phillips up front and Adel Taarabt, who is a great talent.[LNB]"I saw them live the week before against Aston Villa and they looked solid.[LNB]"That said, everything came together for us - support play, up front, midfield, holding them up and stretching them.[LNB]"We gave them a lot of problems and that is what we did, for example, against West Brom the week before and Twente in the Europa League but we couldn't score.[LNB]"It was good to see that Andy Johnson scored a couple of goals because that is what you need.[LNB]"Playing well is important but you need the results as well. We didn't have the defeats - we had four or five draws in a sequence - but it is not enough to climb the table.[LNB]"Winning always helps mentally and [boosts] the offence as well."[LNB]While Jol's side head to Stoke on Saturday on the back of a thumping win, there has been a two-week break due to international matches.[LNB]The Dutchman admits the break did not come at the ideal time for the west Londoners, but does not think it will take away too much momentum.[LNB]"If you get a game like that and win 6-0, it is probably the best feeling you can have," he said.[LNB]"Having a little break left us with four or five players, which was not a lot.[LNB]"With the other players, the only worry you have got is that they might get injured or even suffer a defeat, which won't help.[LNB]"Obviously a few players had defeats and a few had good results so it was okay, but for us there is not a lot of difference.[LNB]"Of course you would like to get together the next day and talk about it, but a win is a win. We don't have to talk too much."[LNB]Fulham will be boosted by the return of defender Aaron Hughes from a groin injury for the trip to the Britannia Stadium, although Jol admits several first-team players will miss out.[LNB]"Not everybody is fit and healthy but most of them are," he said.[LNB]"We have got a little problem with Philippe Senderos, who has an injury on his left thigh and will be out for a week.[LNB]"Dickson [Etuhu] started training on Thursday but that is for another reason [aside from injury] as his wife gave birth to a son.[LNB]"Kerim Frei had a knock on his ankle so he won't be included and Bryan Ruiz had a knock against his knee in the last game so won't be included in the squad. He probably needs another seven or eight days."

Source: Team_Talk