Jol aware of Dnipro threat

Image: Jol: Fulham have one foot in the group phase

Martin Jol believes Fulham did well to contain the considerable threat of Dnipro on Thursday night.

Cottagers boss delighted with Europa League success

Martin Jol believes Fulham did well to contain the considerable threat of Dnipro on Thursday night. The Cottagers took a firm grip on their Europa League play-off clash against the Ukrainians with a 3-0 victory on home soil. Jol's men did not have things entirely their own way in the first half at Craven Cottage, but they were able to edge themselves in front. Aaron Hughes broke the deadlock on 39 minutes and Clint Dempsey doubled their advantage two minutes before the interval. Dnipro were rattled and conceded again four minutes into the second half when American forward Dempsey grabbed his second of the game. Having established such a commanding lead, Fulham will now travel to the Ukraine for the second leg knowing that they already have one foot in the group stage.


Jol is delighted to have earned himself some breathing space heading into that tie, as he is fully aware of how dangerous Juande Ramos' side can be. "I thought that they had a good team with quality players," said the Dutch tactician. "Kiev is probably the second best team in the Ukraine and, of course, Shakhtar is the best team, but I think they could be a good third. "Before the game we were focused on the fact that they are a strong team if you let them play, like we did in the last 20 minutes. They are capable of playing good football and we knew that." While accepting that his side took their foot off the gas towards the end of the game, Jol believes Fulham were good value for their comprehensive success. "You cannot win if you don't take your chances," he said.
"We could have scored four or five and they had probably more shots on goal than we liked in the last 20 minutes. "They could have scored a goal as well but I think 3-0 is probably a realistic scoreline. "We saw them play a couple of games and even against Shakhtar they looked good, although Shakhtar still scored three goals. "They play good counter-attacking football. They want to play football and we knew that so we knew there would always be space for us. "So we reversed that tonight with our full-backs and they probably did not expect that so that was good. "Sometimes that happens and you can surprise another team and I think we did that today."

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