Fulham 1 Stoke 0: This win is a building block, says Darren Bent

Fulham 1 Stoke 0: Darren Bent praises his side's spirit and resilience after his late goal helped them seal a vital win

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff

Darren Bent hailed Fulham’s spirit and resilience after his late goal helped the Cottagers seal a vital win over Stoke City.

The striker came off the bench and slotted home in the 83rd minute at Craven Cottage to secure three points which eases the pressure on Martin Jol.

The west London club had not won a league game since their opening-day victory over Sunderland, but Bent insists he was always confident his side would respond.

“It is massive to hold on to the lead,” said Bent.

“Today is a building block, we go from there and move on. I am always confident, I know the quality of players we have and I know the position in the league we are in is false.”

Meanwhile, manager Jol could not hide his delight at seeing his side secure their second win of the campaign.

“Relieved, emotional, whatever you want to call it, we needed those three points for sure,” said Jol.

“We realise we didn’t play our best match but there is a lot of relief because we needed the points.

“We couldn’t keep the ball and couldn’t pass. Although they looked better than us, they had a lot of chances from set pieces. For all their pressure they only had a few chances.

“They could have a penalty and we could have had one as well.

“We need wins and wins will give us more stability. I can cope with the pressure. The players realise that and, if the manager can cope with it, they can cope as well.

“Today we showed a great team spirit and fought like lions.”


MORE: The latest football transfer news

MORE: Meet the Premier League's most stylish footballers

MORE: Do you know the top Muslim footballers in the Premier League?

MORE: Man United latest news

MORE: Arsenal latest news

MORE: Chelsea latest news

MORE: Liverpool latest news

The Sport Review
Shanghai Masters 2017: Rampant Roger Federer downs Rafael Nadal for 94th career title
The Sport Review
Top 50 most stylish footballers in the world in 2017: Arsenal, Man United, Chelsea, Liverpool stars feature
The Sport Review
Top 40 Muslim footballers: Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool and Man United stars feature
The Sport Review
Top 25 footballers’ cars: Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool and Real Madrid players feature
The Sport Review
Top 20 Nigerian footballers in Premier League: Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool stars feature
The Sport Review
Arsenal player wages 2017: Do you know how much Xhaka, Ozil and Coquelin earn each week?
The Sport Review
Michael Owen reacts to Liverpool’s 7-0 win at Maribor
The Sport Review
Jamie Carragher sends clear warning to Man United after Liverpool FC draw
The Sport Review
Arsenal make decision about Mesut Ozil’s future – report