Jol full of praise for Swansea
Fulham manager Martin Jol has revealed he rates Swansea counterpart Brendan Rodgers and his side very highly ahead of Saturday's meeting.
Last Updated: 16/03/12 3:59pm
Fulham manager Martin Jol has revealed he rates Swansea counterpart Brendan Rodgers and his side very highly ahead of Saturday's meeting at Craven Cottage.
The Welsh outfit have been a revelation since their promotion to the Premier League thanks to their possession football and exquisite passing game.
Swansea's profile rose further last weekend with their defeat of title-chasing Manchester City - a result which propelled them to 11th in the table.
The Swans now enjoy a 14-point cushion over the drop zone and Jol believes that is no less than they deserve.
"There are a few clubs in England that use that style of play, like Arsenal play and Wigan most of the time," said the Cottagers boss.
"Manchester United in a way also use it so a lot of teams in England have changed their culture and they almost play like Ajax or Barcelona.
"Swansea always try to play. They play it out from the back and the keeper is almost like a 12th player so you could honestly say that I admire them for that.
"Brendan Rodgers is someone who has got that philosophy, which is different and is why I rate him very highly because it is not easy.
"Blackpool did it and they did very well in the first part of the season so I think their culture of play is a big advantage them.
"Brendan will be one of the candidates for manager of the year.
"If you get promotion and then, like Norwich, establish yourself in the Barclays Premier League then you have done a hell of a job."
While Swansea have rightfully taken a lot of the plaudits this season, Fulham go into the match a place ahead of them in the standings.
The Cottagers have impressed recently but come into the match on the back of a last-gasp defeat at Aston Villa.
"Hopefully they will respond well," Jol said. "It is not that we're not used to that as we have not won [enough] away games anyway.
"We had a good run of five or six draws, two wins and it is not bad but it is not good enough to push for a fantastic place.
"I think we are safe from relegation as we have had a very good run over the past couple of months. We are not there yet so we would like more points."