Jol defends Stockdale after Swansea cock-ups but wants Schwarzer back for West Brom

18:11 29 December 2012

Fulham goalkeeper David Stockdale dejected after the match. Photo: PA Wire

Fulham goalkeeper David Stockdale dejected after the match. Photo: PA Wire

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Manager Martin Jol hopes to reinstate Mark Schwarzer against West Brom on Tuesday but jumped to the defence of understudy David Stockdale after his errors cost Fulham dearly in their 2-1 defeat to Swansea.

Stockdale, starting for Fulham for the first time in 11 months in place of the injured Australian, was to blame for both of Swansea’s goals on a disappointing afternoon for the Whites at Craven Cottage.

For their opener, he palmed Nathan Dyer’s shot into the path of Danny Graham for an easy finish. Then, seven minutes after the break, his scuffed clearance allowed Jonathan De Guzman to notch the Swans’ second.

Bryan Ruiz pulled one back for the Cottagers but they couldn’t avoid defeat, leaving them to reflect on a woeful run of just one win from their last 12 Premier League games.

Stockdale’s performance was littered with errors but Jol was sympathetic towards the 27-year-old.

He said: “I feel that the first goal we presented to them and the second goal was almost a Christmas gift.

“I think the only one who didn’t have the best Christmas day was my goalkeeper and he’s a very good goalkeeper.

“I won’t blame him but you could see that we gave them two goals, simple.”

He continued: “[Stockdale] was very disappointed because he knows that we played 100 per cent better than we did against Southampton but we still come away with nothing. It’s terrible.”

Veteran Schwarzer missed out with a neck injury, and while Jol refused to criticise Stockdale, he admitted he is hoping to welcome his first choice stopper back for Fulham’s trip to play the Baggies on New Year’s Day.

“Mark Schwarzer is injured,” he said. “He has an injury in his neck and hopefully he will be fit again [soon].

“I feel that he could be back for the next away match against West Brom.

“But to be fair to Stockdale he was always a fantastic replacement. I feel for the boy but I feel more for us, for the team.”

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