Jol & Hughton bemoan attacking profligacy after Fulham & Norwich play out stalemate

After an uninspiring draw, the London side's boss felt his side deserved to take all the spoils, while the Canaries coach was encouraged by his squad's solidity at the back

Fulham manager Martin Jol is frustrated his side failed to register an all-important win after drawing 0-0 with Norwich, ruing missed opportunities in the first half.

In a tightly contested affair, both teams struggled to craft any chances of note throughout the tie, with perhaps the best falling to Canaries' debutant Luciano Becchio who could only fire straight at Mark Schwarzer when through on goal.

The goalless draw leaves both sides just eight points clear of the relegation zone on 29 points and, although satisfied with a point, Jol cited a lack of momentum up front as the decisive factor in Fulham’s inability to claim a vital win.

"In the first half I thought we were the better team, controlled the game. Then you should score one or two goals, but we didn't," he told Sky Sports.

"The point is okay, but I thought we should have had three points. I felt we were the better team but lacked a bit of momentum up front. If you are the better team you should exploit that and create more chances."

Chris Hughton, meanwhile, was similarly exasperated at the final whistle after seeing Norwich’s winless run stretch to nine games, but was also keen to praise his team's defensive performance against a strong Fulham outfit.

"I think we have to look at the positives. Certainly we are a lot tighter as a unit and are obviously not conceding the goals," he added.

"It's a home game so we're disappointed that we perhaps weren't as good in that final third as we would have liked, but we were solid against a really good Fulham team who have got quality in the team."