Thursday 14 November 2019

Jol hits out at own fans

Fulham 5
Norwich City 0

Paul Hirst

Martin Jol criticised the Fulham fans who mocked the absent Clint Dempsey during the hammering of Norwich.





Dempsey, who scored 23 goals last term, did not feature after he refused to play for Fulham in the hope that it would accelerate a transfer to Liverpool. The Cottagers coped admirably without him as they ruined Chris Hughton's first game in charge of Norwich by recording a 5-0 thrashing courtesy of goals from Damien Duff, Steve Sidwell, Alex Kacaniklic and a double from debutant Mladen Petric.

The home fans greeted Fulham's fifth strike -- a fierce penalty from Sidwell -- by chanting "Are you watching Clint Dempsey?", clearly delighted they had proven they can easily do without the American's services. But Jol feels the 29-year-old deserves more respect from the fans despite his recent rebellion.

"I don't want to hear the fans were chanting against him because he was a terrific player for us," said Jol. "He was the most productive midfield player in the whole league last season."

Meanwhile, Hughton, who worked under Jol as a coach at Tottenham, admitted that his first top-flight game in 20 months could not have gone worse.

"It was an awful day for us," said Hughton.

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