A proud Martin Jol felt Fulham matched Manchester United at Craven Cottage this evening despite being beaten by a late strike from Wayne Rooney.

The England striker scored the decisive goal with ten minutes to go, but Jol felt his side had built on the momentum of their midweek victory over West Ham and showed far more fight and application than in their tame FA Cup exit at Old Trafford a week ago.

I thought this was one of our best performances at home this year. We were very good and organised. We had a lot of players who have played all these games in the last few weeks and still we looked fresh and energetic.

I thought we could have scored that vital goal, but we didn’t and they needed a mistake to score their goal. Sometimes you need something out of nothing like Rooney did. We were lacking that. I have to be honest, he was always the problem for us and we kept him quiet – but then he scored.