Fulham manager Martin Jol is not worried about Fulham’s winless start to the season and is convinced his team will start climbing the Barclays Premier League table once they improve their goalscoring form.
Fulham are hovering just above the relegation zone after failing to win any of their opening six league games.
Jol’s men are currently the only top-flight side yet to win this term, but they have picked up four points thanks to draws against West Brom, Chelsea, Manchester City and Blackburn.
The Dutchman, who took over from Mark Hughes this summer, had seen his side go without a win in eight matches in all competitions until Thursday night’s 2-0 win against Odense BK in Denmark. The victory has left the Cottagers boss in an upbeat mood ahead of Sunday’s west London derby against QPR and he is convinced that his team will start winning league games soon.
An upbeat Jol said: “Today is great. We have sunny weather, it’s a nice atmosphere in Fulham, the people are relaxed and we had a nice win yesterday. Life is great. I’m totally enjoying it
“I don’t think there is a big concern because we have got a lot of draws and we should have won two or three games.
“It’s not a disaster. We have had five draws on the trot and we could have win three easily.”
One glance at the table reveals the reason behind Fulham’s poor start to the season – a lack of goals.
Jol’s men have scored a measly four times in the league this term, with the Dutchman’s strikers struggling to find their touch.
Andrew Johnson is the only marksman that has scored on a regular basis, but each of his six goals have come in the Europa League.
Johnson scored both goals in Thursday night’s win, and Jol now hopes others can repeat the former Crystal Palace striker’s efforts in the league.
“Last week at West Brom in the first half we had 60% possession away from home and we created four or five chances but we couldn’t put them away,” Jol continued.
“That’s probably the biggest worry.
“The only thing is that you have to score goals.
“That didn’t happen so there is no real place for concern but we need the players to put the ball away.
“Andy Johnson solved that yesterday so hopefully other players will do the same in the future.”
Johnson’s brace has given Jol a major selection headache for Sunday’s game at Craven Cottage as Bobby Zamora and Moussa Dembele are available again after missing the trip to Denmark through illness.