Martin Jol was a relieved man after Fulham sneaked into the FA Cup fourth round after coming from behind to beat Championship Blackpool in extra time.
The Whites were on the brink of being eliminated by the Tangerines – just as in the original tie – when Kieran Richardson rifled in an equaliser in the last seconds of stoppage time. Brede Hangeland headed the winner from a Damien Duff corner in extra time – although there was some doubt about who had the final touch.
“Someone told me it was an own goal but I don’t know, I haven’t seen it again yet,” Jol admitted afterwards. “I asked Brede about it and he didn’t know either. Of course it’s always a relief to win games like this but then again we should have won the first game at home, we created so many chances.”
I thought we did okay under the circumstances. They are a good team with a few talented players. We should have won at home because we had so many crosses and opportunities in the final third but we couldn’t score. We had to come away from home to a difficult place. The pitch was probably 10 times worse than we could have imagined but we were prepared for that. We still tried to play. That is the only thing we can do but then again you have to score a goal and the problem comes when you don’t.”