Premier League: Martin Jol coy on sack rumours after Fulham lost to West Ham
Fulham boss Martin Jol refused to be moved on speculation surrounding his job after his side fell 3-0 to West Ham.
Last Updated: 01/12/13 8:38am
Heading into the match without a league win in four games and sitting 18th in the table, Jol would perhaps have looked at the crunch clash at Upton Park against a struggling West Ham side as a chance to relieve some pressure.
Not so however, as the home side looked comfortable for large periods of the game, rarely threatened by an insipid travelling side who will be thankful that the two sides above them - Sunderland and Crystal Palace - also lost.
As a result, Jol's already endangered post as Fulham manager will come under heavier criticism from the fans and neutrals alike, as the Cottagers were dropped deeper into the relegation mire.
Jol seemed unfazed however, telling Sky Sports: "That is of course out of my hands. I'm a fighter, and hopefully that will rub off on the players.
"There's more managers than me under pressure, but we all need the points.
"West Ham had a problem today, and they'll be out of that situation now.
On the demoralising first goal - via a deflected Mohamed Diame effort just after the break - Jol said: "I didn't see it coming.
"I felt we dealt with their strategy well, but we couldn't exploit the situation and score.
"The first goal killed us off, then the last two goals came in the last minutes which sums it up.
"It was disappointing, but if you saw us in training we've done well.
"It was very unfortunate we couldn't exploit the situation."
Fulham are now without a league win in five, and are in danger of being cut off from the chasing pack as they are now three points off Cardiff, who are 17th.
Jol continued to be bullish in the face of criticism, however, issuing a rallying cry to his Fulham charges.
"Of course confidence is low, especially if you concede a goal like the first.
"It's a hammer blow, but you still have to be strong, fight and be mentally tough.
"Even before today we had a great spirit. We have to try to be strong, and we should have been stronger today."