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Martin Jol admitted Fulham may have been a bit fortunate to beat Liverpool at Craven Cottage tonight but was delighted with his side’s professional performance as they pulled away from the Premier League relegation zone.

The Whites picked up three crucial points thanks to Clint Dempsey’s late strike after Jay Spearing had been controversially dismissed for his challenge on Moussa Dembele. Jol was delighted with his team’s response to their defeat by FC Twente in the Europa League in midweek and how they delivered a much more composed display.

It was a very good performance. Liverpool are a good team. It was an even game, they had a few chances and we had a few chances as well.

Every time we had the ball in their half, they broke us and I have to say that after the sending off we had a little bit more space and we took advantage of that.

Tonight we probably had the rub of the green. It was even, we had a couple of chances and even with 10 men they had an unbelievable shot but Mark Schwarzer is one of the best in the business and he saved us. After that we scored and it was very much needed.

Jol’s delight was tempered by the sight of skipper Danny Murphy limping off with an ankle injury after a heavy challenge in stoppage time and the Fulham manager believes he could be without his influential midfielder for some time.

I think it’s a bad one. His ankle is swollen up and I don’t think he will play in the next match, or couple of matches. First we will celebrate the win and then we will have an assessment tomorrow, but I think it’s a bad one.