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Fulham boss: Conceding four goals at Man Utd flattered us

Fulham manager Martin Jol. Photo credit: Nigel French/EMPICS Fulham manager Martin Jol. Photo credit: Nigel French/EMPICS

Saturday, January 26, 2013
8:30 PM

Fulham manager Martin Jol admitted his team were lucky not to concede six or seven goals after seeing Manchester United canter to a 4-1 win in today’s FA Cup fourth-round tie at Old Trafford.

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Goals from Ryan Giggs and Wayne Rooney allied to a Javier Hernandez double saw United to a one-sided win, with Aaron Hughes’ late effort scant consolation to the travelling Cottagers faithful.

With Fulham facing a fight to stay in the Premier League, Jol may quietly view his side’s exit in a positive light, but the Dutchman appeared downcast and hurting after seeing his troops so thoroughly outclassed.

“We tried to have good intentions and play our football but we couldn’t,” Jol told ESPN.

“We couldn’t link up from the back and we couldn’t keep the ball.

“It was still 1-0 at half-time so we were still in it, but we came out and they scored two early goals and the game was finished.

“Luckily enough they only scored a fourth goal because it could have been one of those days that they scored six or seven.

“But it’s a one-off game and we lost it. For us the most important thing is the league.”

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Fulham

Nickname: The Whites

Ground: Craven Cottage (capacity 25,700)

Founded: 1879

Honours: Second Division: 1949, 2001.

Third Division: 1932, 1999.

Southern League: 1906, 1907.

Leading goalscorer: Gordon Davies, 178.

Leading appearances: Johnny Haynes, 658.