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Jol: Fulham need to beat 'lesser' sides

ESPN staff
November 10, 2013
Martin Jol cut a dejected figure at Anfield © Getty Images

Martin Jol insists Fulham need to take points off the Premier League's "lesser" sides after their 4-0 thrashing by Liverpool.

Fulham are 17th and could slip into the relegation zone if Stoke draw at Swansea on Sunday. "I think we'll be fine," Jol said.

"We have to suffer during these games. There are the top sides and then maybe outside the top seven or eight, they are not better than us. Those are the games when we have to get results."

Jol's position is not believed to be under immediate threat, and he still feels he is the right man for the job. He said he had not spoken to Fulham owner Shahid Khan after the Anfield defeat.

"I think you have to be an expert if you are in the bottom four or five to keep teams up and I don't think there are a lot of experts," Jol added.

"Every manager in every team in the bottom six or seven has to keep fighting."

Asked if it was acceptable to expect to lose to the big teams, Jol said: "It's not acceptable. The only thing I say is you make it too difficult if you concede cheap goals like that against the top teams and I feel conceding goals from set-pieces, which is the easiest way to defend, is unacceptable.

"We are still up for the fight. We do everything in training and then we make the same mistakes. It was very frustrating, not only for the fans but for me and the team. I've got ambition and a mentality to win."

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