Chelsea 0 Fulham 0: We should have nicked it, says Martin Jol
Chelsea 0 Fulham 0: Martin Jol believes his side could have snatched a win in the second half at Stamford Bridge
Martin Jol felt Fulham could have snatched a victory at Chelsea after the Cottagers played out a goalless draw at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday.
The Blues were left waiting for their first goal of the Rafael Benítez era, with the visitors carving out the best chance of the game when John Arne Riise missed his shot after being put through by Giorgos Karagounis.
The draw sees Fulham drop into 11th place in the Premier League table as Chelsea move up above West Bromwich into third on goal difference.
“It is pretty decent to get a point, but I feel we should have nicked it in the second half,” Jol told BBC Sport.
“Our shape was good, they had a lot of pressure but we have three or four good chances – nine times out of ten we would have broken them. John Arne Riise’s miss was disappointing.
“I told him that he should have shot across the goalkeeper and into the bottom corner. He covered 80 or 90 yards and not to score was disappointing.
“We had a lot of players coming back; Mahamadou Diarra was playing his first game, Giorgos Karagounis was lacking a bit of rhythm, and we leave here thinking we could have nicked it.”
Meanwhile, Blues interim boss Benítez could not hide his frustration after watching his side stutter to their second goalless draw in four days.
“I am a little frustrated,” he said. “The team is well organised and created chances against a team that works hard, so you can see us going forward, but still we have to improve.
“We tried to change things in the second half and get more players making forward runs.
“We have the players who can change the game and we need to link with them and do it quicker, but overall I think we are watching things that are positive. We have to play with a higher tempo for the players that we have up front.”