While Dimitar Berbatov’s exceptional skill has softened the blow of Fulham losing attack-minded midfielder Clint Dempsey to Spurs, the Cottagers now appear to lack the cold-blooded edge required to put matches away late.
Or so says Fulham boss Martin Jol. Here’s Jol opening up about Dempsey’s departure to the Ealing Gazette after Fulham’s disappointing 1-1 home draw with Wigan:
“It’s much the same story,” said the Fulham boss. “You’re 1-0 up and you need another goal. When you can’t score another goal, you look vulnerable. … “We’ve got quality and that will pull us through, but in the end, you have to score two goals. Last year more often than not – with Clint Dempsey getting a lot of winners – was decisive. This year, 1-0 most of the time isn’t.
Jol deserves some measure of credit for not holding on to any bad blood stirred up by Dempsey’s acrimonious departure from Craven Cottage this summer.
Fulham currently stands in 13th place with 25 points through 22 matches. They’re currently six points free of the drop zone in the Premier League.