Fulham boss Martin Jol hoping to build on confidence from thrashing of QPR

Dutchman expected a more difficult fight out of rivals following their 6-0 win, but now hopes that belief gained will translate into more immediate points in the table
Fulham manager Martin Jol hopes the confidence gained after thrashing rivals QPR 6-0 two weeks ago wasn't all lost through the international break.

The Dutchman admitted he was surprised by the margin of victory in the derby, but is now focused on continuing that momentum against Stoke on Saturday after an ill-timed international break.

"Obviously a few players had defeats and a few had good results so it was okay, but for us there is not a lot of difference," he told reporters.

"Not everybody is fit and healthy but most of them are," he said.

"We have got a little problem with Philippe Senderos, who has an injury on his left thigh and will be out for a week.

"Dickson [Etuhu] started training on Thursday but that is for another reason [aside from injury] as his wife gave birth to a son.

"Kerim Frei had a knock on his ankle so he won't be included and Bryan Ruiz had a knock against his knee in the last game so won't be included in the squad. He probably needs another seven or eight days."

The Dutchman admitted that he was suprised by the size victory against their derby rivals three weeks ago, particularly considering the start the season QPR had enjoyed.

"I was surprised by the margin of the win, especially against QPR," Jol continued.

"I saw them live the week before against Aston Villa and they looked solid.

"They had two away wins so they are good away from home, with [Shaun] Wright-Phillips up front and Adel Taarabt, who is a great talent.

"That said, everything came together for us - support play, up front, midfield, holding them up and stretching them.

"We gave them a lot of problems and that is what we did, for example, against West Brom the week before and Twente in the Europa League but we couldn't score.

"If you get a game like that and win 6-0, it is probably the best feeling you can have."

The scoreline was inflated in part an Andy Johnson hat trick, something his manager was obviously very happy to witness.
"It was good to see that Andy Johnson scored a couple of goals because that is what you need.

"Playing well is important but you need the results as well. We didn't have the defeats - we had four or five draws in a sequence - but it is not enough to climb the table.

"Winning always helps mentally and [boosts] the offence as well."