Jol thrilled with Fulham comeback
Fulham manager Martin Jol has praised the quality and character his side displayed in their dramatic 5-2 win over Newcastle on Saturday.
After a poor first-half display at Craven Cottage, Fulham rallied to produce a scintillating performance, scoring five goals after the break to record their fourth home win in five English Premier League matches.
Jol said he had never seen such a dramatic turnaround, and praised the manner his team adapted following the loss of Steve Sidwell to injury.
"The first half was sort of Brixton, the second half was a holiday in Jamaica," he said.
"It was an unbelievable difference."
"To be under the cosh first half, they were the better team, we were never a threat."
"We never threatened them from behind which is what we hoped to do."
"Then of course everything was against us, we had to take Sidwell off, the midfield looked a bit unbalanced so we tried to rectify that."
Jol said he always believed in the qualities his side possess, adding: "There was a little bit of hope, my team has got great character and that's what they said, ‘we’ve done it before, we can do it again'."
Andy Johnson came off the bench following the injury to Sidwell, making an immediate impact on the game.
Fulham's boss praised the striker's contribution, along with Damien Duff and hat-trick hero Clint Dempsey.
"For me, it was important for Andy Johnson to play a more direct style in the second half, Clint Dempsey did that (and) Damien Duff did that," he said.
Fulham's leveller came via the penalty spot following Davide Santon's clumsy challenge on Duff.
Replays seemed to suggest the initial contact took place outside the box, and Jol conceded his side were perhaps fortunate to be awarded the penalty.
"Sometimes you need a bit of luck but of course you need quality as well and that is what we showed second half," he said.
Newcastle manager Alan Pardew blamed the dubious penalty decision for altering his team's mindset early in the second half.
"We could not have been in a better place at half-time in terms of how we controlled the game," he said.
"I thought the first goal for them changed the course of the game."
"Whether we felt any injustice for the penalty or an injustice that they happened to be level with us, I don't know."
"We kind of just switched off in that period and it cost us three more goals and then we were in trouble."