The Swedish winger, who was given his first taste of Premier League football by Jol two years ago, told the media that the Fulham manager didn’t deserve the boos he had to endure after West Brom’s late equaliser twelve days ago and believes the Whites can get their season back on track after a shaky start. Asked whether the criticism of Jol is fair, Kacaniklic had a succint answer:
No, not really. The West Brom game we should have won and were really unlucky, Newcastle we were unlucky. We wanted to win for the manager. He is always encouraging us so we are really happy for him and the team.
We are close. He is always out on the training pitch with us and wants to get involved. He is great. Everyone has got their own style but, as a player, you want to be able to speak to the manager and have confidence that you can speak to him.
Kacaniklic was delighted that Fulham had reached the fourth round for the first time in five years, especially after they had gone behind early to Steven Naismith’s smart finish.
It was a real team effort to win the game. It hasn’t be going for us in the league, we have played well but we haven’t taken the points. We worked really hard, played as a team and took our chances. Everton are a very good side and have started really well under Roberto Martinez.