Fulham fans need lower expectations, blasts Jol

Audible chants of 'Jol out' greeted the final whistle after Gareth McAuley's injury-time header cancelled out Steve Sidwell's first-half volley and denied the hosts two points
Martin Jol believes Fulham fans need to get real after being booed off the pitch by sections of the home support following Saturday's home draw with West Brom.

Audible chants of 'Jol out' also greeted the final whistle at Craven Cottage, after Gareth McAuley's injury time header cancelled out Steve Sidwell's 22nd-minute volley to ensure the Cottagers have now gone six home games without a win.

Jol thinks the reaction was uncalled for after a start to the season which has seen Fulham take four points from as many matches, and called on the club's supporters to lower their expectations.

"Sometimes it can be a habit," the Dutchman said of the booing.

"If we were bottom of the league I’d understand it, but we’re 13th in the league now and were a bit unfortunate – we should have had six points. It’s disappointing.

"I say it to the players as well. It’s very hard to fight expectations. Expectations can make you very unhappy. If you look at the players we’re getting in, they’re better than we've ever had before, so if all the players are available we can create something nice. If not, it’s not the end of the world.

"I always say it’s the same with women. If you expect too much of them you can wake up in the morning and get a big shock, but if you don’t expect a lot it’s fine.

"We’re 13th in the league and we’ve got players coming back next week. We’re not bottom of the league, we’ve got four points like six or seven other teams. Hopefully it’s a minority. If not, what can I do?"

Fulham spurned a number of chances to kill the game off before McAuley's late equaliser, and afterwards Jol could not hide his frustration at two points that got away.

"If you soak up pressure for the last 10, 15 minutes it’s always possible to concede a goal," he added.

"If you score one goal and they smell blood, you have to score another one. I’ve never experienced three offside goals in one match. The third one with Ruiz, he should have scored but he hit the bar.

"We were unfortunate not to score the second one, then the game would have been over."

West brom boss Steve Clarke was pleased at the persistence his side showed to claim a draw, even though the Baggies remain winless in the Premier League this season.

"I thought we played well, certainly better than the last performance at home, which was disappointing," he insisted. 

"I thought we were comfortable in the game, and the goal against came from nothing – sloppy marking at a set-piece, and that rocked us a little bit.

"In the second half we played good football, and created good chances that, on another day when your confidence is higher, become goals.

"To keep going and get the goal in injury time was great, and shows the character of the players."