Ruiz hits the bar, the underside of the bar. If that’s a centimeter lower it’s a 2-0 win, a well deserved 2-0 win.
Or what about Berbatov’s second disallowed goal. Nothing in it. That would’ve give us a 2-0 win too.
There’s nothing Martin Jol can do about these incidents.
Fulham did more than enough to win the game and generally, through bad luck, failed to do so.
It is a non-negotiable point that in football you don’t always get what you deserve in any single match. Fulham deserved to win this.
Against Sunderland Fulham won undeservedly. Against Arsenal Fulham lost deservedly. Against Newcastle the defeat was fair. So in four games, from which a return of three total points might reasonably have been expected, we have four. We’ve not been playing well in these four games but today we did. There is no real doubt in my mind about this. We didn’t steamroller WBA but we played pretty well and ordinarily would have scored more than a single goal. That we didn’t was not Jol’s fault and was mainly bad luck.
So by booing here, by getting angry here, what are you saying? That Fulham are not good enough under Jol? Because the evidence suggests that this isn’t the case: Fulham are getting perfectly normal points returns under Jol. Yes, it’s frustrating that the team seems to blow hot and cold, that sometimes there appears to be a lack of tactical tightness, but the crucial point is this: no Fulham team in recent years has looked good losing. Fulham at the moment have a trickish start to the year and have looked like they’ve had a trickyish start to the year. Today was an easier game but even then you don’t always win easier games. We know this. We’re grown ups, we’ve seen football: Fulham often don’t win games we think they should. NOTHING NEW HERE.
Martin Jol’s a good manager. Football managers tend to be very good, in which case they get their teams to overachieve, good, in which case their teams generally do what they should, or less good, in which case teams struggle. The very good managers are exceedingly rare and we may currently have one. If not, we’re still comfortably in the middle ground. Get rid of Jol and almost any replacement would do about the same or worse than Jol. That’s almost non-negotiable. So what are we saying? That we want to change anyway, that we want a new manager to come in and spend a fortune changing players because that’s what new managers do? Or, here’s an idea, do we SHOW SOME ******* PATIENCE?