Sunderland 2 Fulham 2: Martin Jol ‘not happy’ with point at Black Cats
Sunderland 2 Fulham 2: Martin Jol admits he was "not happy" with a point after the Cottagers threw away a two-goal lead
Martin Jol admitted he was “not happy” with just a point after Fulham surrendered a two-goal advantage against Sunderland at Stadium of Light.
The Cottagers raced into an early first-half lead courtesy of Dimitar Berbatov’s spot-kick, before Sascha Riether added a second for the visitors in 35th minute.
However, the home side halved the deficit minutes later when Craig Gardner beat Mark Schwarzer from the penalty spot after Philippe Senderos was adjudged to have held Danny Graham.
And the Black Cats drew level through Stephane Sessegnon to help Martin O’Neill’s men leapfrog derby rivals Newcastle United into 14th place while Fulham edged into 10th spot.
“In hindsight we controlled the first half but of course the penalty situation changed the course of the game,” Jol told BBC Sport.
“After that Sunderland smelt blood and had their confidence back. But I still feel it wasn’t a penalty kick. If you give that, you have to give four or five in every game.
“Don’t forget, we should have made it 3-1 and put it to bed. We did ever so well in the first half, we controlled the game and dominated them. I’m not happy with one point.
“We were the better team, it should have been a win. All these teams look behind them (in the table), everyone could be dragged into it.”