Martin Jol thrilled by Fulham's sensational comeback against Newcastle

Dutchman full of praise for hat-trick hero Clint Dempsey after seeing his side come from behind to win seven goal thriller at Craven Cottage

Fulham manager Martin Jol has praised the quality and the character his side displayed in the dramatic 5-2 win over Newcastle.

After a poor first half display, the Cottagers rallied to produce a scintillating second half performance, scoring five goals on the way to their fourth home win in five Premier League games.

Jol claims he has ever seen such a dramatic turnaround and has praised his side’s performance in the face of adversity.

He told reporters: “You always hope for it you know, even more than hope, but I don’t think I’ve ever experienced it.

“To be under the cosh first half, they were the better team, we were never a threat. We never threatened them from behind which is what we hoped to do.

“Then of course everything was against us, we had to take [Steve] Sidwell off, the midfield looked a bit unbalanced so we tried to rectify that.”

Despite his side’s poor first half display, Jol says he always believed in the qualities his side possess, adding: “There was a little bit of hope, my team has got great character and that’s what they said, ‘we’ve done it before we can do it again'.’”

Andy Johnson came off the bench following an injury to Steve Sidwell and made an immediate impact on the game and Fulham boss praised the striker along with Damien Duff and hat-trick hero Clint Dempsey.

He continued: “For me it was important for Andy Johnson to play a more direct style in the second half, Clint Dempsey did that Damien Duff did that.”

Fulham’s leveller came via the penalty spot following Davide Santon’s clumsy challenge on Duff.

Replays seemed to suggest the initial contact had taken place outside of the box, and Jol has conceded his side were perhaps a touch fortunate to be awarded the penalty.

“Sometimes you need a bit of luck but of course you need quality as well and that is what we showed second half,” he added.

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