Martin Jol was bitterly disappointed by Fulham’s FA Cup exit at Everton last night – blaming poor defending for both the home side’s goals.
The Fulham manager felt his side should have done better with two cross delivered by American Landon Donovan and was dismayed by his side’s capitulation having taken an early lead through a Danny Murphy penalty. A first half header from Denis Stracqualursi was followed by Marouane Fellaini’s winner and Jol rued a missed opportunity to prolong Fulham’s participation in the competition.
We’re disappointed to concede two goals in the manner that we did, from two crosses – we know that we are better than that. We know their style, we knew that they would do that because they like to put crosses into the box, but with the quality that we have, we expected more.
Everton put us under pressure tonight and we found it difficult to play our game. We couldn’t play it around them as we would have liked. We got off to a good start and of course it is frustrating that we didn’t build on that because we had two or three good chances.
They were missing a few players at the back and we should have exploited that more. But they reacted well to our goal, and then really took the game to us. We knew it would be a difficult match, but believed that we could take something. To go out of the Cup is very extremely disappointing for us all.