Jol - It's good to be back

Martin Jol is delighted to be back managing in the Premier League after overseeing his first league game as Fulham boss.

But new Cottagers boss disappointed not to edge Villa clash

Martin Jol says he is delighted to be back managing Premier League football after overseeing his first league game as Fulham boss against Aston Villa. The Craven Cottage encounter ended in a goalless draw on Saturday, with Fulham unable to break the deadlock despite looking the better side in the second half. Jol, who managed Tottenham between 2004-07, was disappointed not to get a goal but enjoyed being back in the English top-flight.

Great feeling

"It's always a great feeling to be back and be in the Premiership and play these sort of games for sell-out crowds," Jol told Sky Sports News. He added: "You never know the result before the game, you have to wait and see the second half. I felt we should have scored a goal. "But after seeing the first half they probably had more initiative and kept the ball better than us." Martin Jol gave the Cottagers a mark of only "six and a half" out of 10 for the display, insisting his side need to take more control. He said: "We had three good chances but, for a home match, I would like to have more control, more initiative and we have to score at first. "So, 0-0 at home, you can't say that is a very good result." "The first half, I thought they kept the ball better than we did and we looked nervous.
"We didn't keep the ball well enough for a home game. "But the second half, especially the first 20 minutes, was good. "If you're in their half, you have to keep the ball, and that is what I thought we did better in the second half." Bobby Zamora and Andrew Johnson were both thwarted by Villa goalkeeper Shay Given after the break but it was a first-half miss from debutant John Arne Riise that was arguably most costly. Jol defended the summer signing, saying: "If he had passed it into the net, it would've maybe been a save."

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