Martin Jol described Fulham’s 5-0 win over Wolves as ‘a perfect day’ after the manager had been a little concerned about having to change his plans following the late withdrawals of Bryan Ruiz and Chris Baird.
It was good. I was a little bit worried this morning because Bryan Ruiz was ill and Chris Baird pulled out too so we had to change the team. And after an international week you always worry, so to win 5-0 was very pleasing. The first-half was almost perfect, but the only thing was we had so many attempts on goal before we scored, so that was disappointing.
Jol praised the performance of hat-trick hero Pavel Pogrebnyak, who has now scored five goals in his first three matches in English football.
You can’t say that he had the best of times [at Stuttgart]. There were four or five strikers there, so if you scored fine, but if not you’d be out for the next game. So it’s probably a different feeling for him here because we promised him he would get games.
He’s a very good lad. From the very first training session he gave us the feeling that he wanted to be here and that’s always good. I can’t say the same as I did after his first game [against Stoke], which was “One swallow doesn’t make a summer.” He scored again in his second game, and now after five goals it’s fair to say he’s been a very good signing.
In January it’s hard to get a player worth £10 million because nobody wants to sell their best players. I’m just happy we made the right decision because you never know. There are so many strikers on the market, but you have to try and get them when they are not at their peak, which we did with him, but now he is, so I’m happy.
Jol also revealed that talks were underway to make Pogrebnyak’s stay a permanent one and the Fulham manager also disclosed that the club were in discussions with a number of players about extending their contracts.