The Cottagers boss reveals that his goalscorer received an injection for a broken bone at half-time while Brian McDermott feels his team should have taken control when in front
Fulham manager Martin Jol has revealed that striker Dimitar Berbatov played through the pain barrier with a suspected broken rib in Saturday’s thrilling 3-3 draw with Reading.
The former Manchester United forward was integral to the his team's comeback and looked to have handed the Cottagers all three pointers when he put his side 3-2 ahead in the 88th minute – only for Hal Robson-Kanu to equalise in injury time.
And Jol praised Berbatov and his fellow team-mate’s resolve in the second half to nearly clinch the win after a stale opening 45 minutes.
"We caused a problem for ourselves, in losing the ball, they could break us. Without playing very well they scored a great goal, second half a totally different story," Jol told reporters.
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"We did exactly what we wanted. Break forward, great movement, good football, create chances, score goals.
"Maybe we need to be a bit cleverer, not give away free kicks [in that position]. Maybe it was a free kick, but the referee gave it and they were very eager to be on the end of it. They attacked the ball with two or three players and we allowed them to.
"[Berbatov] was good. He can play in midfield, he can play in the hole, and he can play up front, which is nice. He needed an injection [because of his rib] to play in the second half, and showed a lot of character. We need to have a look at it because maybe it's broken, but it was very painful."
Meanwhile, Reading boss Brian McDermott spoke of his frustration at his side’s inability to dictate the game when in front and hopes for more clinical performances in forthcoming games.
"I thought we were going to win it at the end. 3-3 in the last minute, Hal Robson-Kanu had a header and was unfortunate, then Robbo [Jason Roberts] had a little flick and was a little too close to the goalie, so we were unfortunate not to win it," said McDermott,
"I just spoke to the players, and people will talk about 'the win', but we need to concentrate on playing the game. We played some good stuff, could have gotten ourselves 2-0 up.
"We need to finish games off. We've got to keep playing the game and forget 'the win' because that will come, it's not an issue - well it is an issue, you want to win!"