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Jol sees positives in exit

SoccerNews in UEFA Europa League 15 Dec 2011

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Fulham boss Martin Jol felt there were still some positives to take from his side’s dramatic Europa League exit on Wednesday.

Fulham led 2-0 against Danish side Odense at Craven Cottage but conceded twice in the second half, including a goal in the third minute of injury time which proved to be the last action of the game.

Fulham’s draw meant Wisla Krakow claimed the second spot in Group K, spelling the end of the road for Jol’s side.

“I think it is a big blow but every disadvantage has an advantage,” Jol said.

“There were positive things in the first half, like how much we put them under pressure. We were fine in the first half and I was really pleased with them. The youngster Marce Gecov did well, and Kerim Frei did well so it was good.”

“Frei is a big talent and don’t forget Danny Murphy could not play and Steve Sidwell was not fit. Matthew Briggs did a good job like he always has done in European matches for us.”

“It is probably the 30th game for a few of them and that is not an excuse because we are a team that can defend a lead. We were 2-1 up and then 30 seconds from the end we did not have the cleverness or experience to keep it in their half.”

Fulham’s attention will now turn to their English Premier League campaign, where they sit a disappointing 14th.

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