Jol disappointed with late equaliser


Fulham boss Martin Jol was left aggrieved by the decision that lead to Southampton's late equaliser in their 2-2 draw at St Mary's.

Jose Fonte gave Saints a fourth-minute lead in the Premier League clash on the south coast but, having failed to make the most out of their first-half dominance, the Cottagers levelled things up thanks to Jos Hooiveld’s second-half own goal.

The Dutch defender was again involved two minutes from time when substitute Kieran Richardson’s close-range effort took a deflection off him on its way in, seemingly ensuring an away win for the west Londoners. However, Saints rallied late on and Fonte’s last-gasp header earned a share of the spoils.

Jol was left annoyed by Fonte’s leveller as he claims Maya Yoshida fouled Kieran Richardson in the build-up to the goalscorer giving away the set-piece.

“It was 100 per cent a free-kick and I know as I remember I thought ‘now we are fine, now we have the ball and the pressure is gone’,” Jol said. “But he did it as if he didn’t see it and two seconds later it was a free-kick for them. That happens and, of course, if it hadn’t they wouldn’t have scored.

“I wasn’t pleased with either goal but I was very pleased with the resilience and character. We did better in the second half. We stood up and played like we always did before. We put them under pressure and created more. Our better players had the ball and we played football.”


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