Martin Jol praised Orlando Sa and Kerim Frei for their performances at Norwich this afternoon and admitted that he is looking forward to the opening of the transfer window as he plans to reshape his Fulham squad in January.
The Fulham manager was disappointed that his side defended so deep in the second half and that cost the Whites a rare away win as Simeon Jackson’s injury-time header secured a late point for the Canaries at Carrow Road. But Jol was pleased that Portuguese striker Sa scored his first goal for the club and hailed the first-half display of Swiss teenager Frei.
Frei is an exciting talent and the future is his. But in the second half, as with some other players, he has got some tired legs.
Jol was tight-lipped over whether Bobby Zamora or Andy Johnson would be leaving the club in January, but confirmed he was keen to sign new players.
It depends on what happens. You saw today, with Orlando Sa, I am very happy with him as a back-up player. He proved a point today, because he scored and that is what we needed. I am happy with him and happy with Frei.
But, of course, we are always looking to strengthen, because you never know what happens. Maybe one or two players will leave the club and then you have to do something.
Jol was disappointed with his side’s approach in the second half having dominated the first period.
We were sitting a bit deep and could not get out of our half any more, but we had defended well, and you always hope to keep it like that. In the first half, we were the better team, but we could have scored the second goal, which is disappointing.
You always know they are capable with their style of getting a goal. We look dangerous and had a few chances, but we needed a cushion – two goals would probably have been the end of it. The way we defended the second half was good, but maybe were a bit deep, had a few tired legs, and then it is only a matter of them nicking the ball.