Jol aiming to bounce back

The Cottagers suffered last-gasp heartache in the Europa League on

Wednesday, with Odense netting a stoppage-time equaliser that saw

them miss out on the knockout stage. Jol admitted the players were

still in shock on Friday but are in a positive mindset ahead of

Bolton’s visit to Craven Cottage. “There is always some positives

in everything,” Jol said. “It was awful. “It was a shock to go out

in the dying seconds of the game, allowing them to have a break and

get in a perfect cross. “It is all well [looking back at it] in

hindsight, but we can focus now on the games in the league. “If you

look at the league table, we need to focus on wins and getting

points on the board. “We need to try and win these home games [like

Bolton]. “We talked about it, we look forward now and we don’t have

to play all these matches [across Europe].” While confident of a

positive response, Jol revealed this afternoon that Zamora could

miss the match. The England international has a medial ligament

issue in his left knee and faces a late fitness test. “Bobby Zamora

has got a little problem with his left knee and we will make an

assessment tomorrow,” Jol said. “We are still confident that he can

feature, but we left him out today to be fit tomorrow. We still

need to make an assessment. “Steve Sidwell’s not involved still

because of his hernia problem, but he has had a couple of

injections and hopefully he will be fit next week to join us again.

“[Danny] Murphy is back and 100% fit, although Simon Davies will

miss out with a back injury.” Fulham will also be without

influential goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer, who has been diagnosed with

a compression injury to his thoracic spine. The Australia

international will miss up to six weeks with the problem picked up

against Swansea last weekend, resulting in 21-year-old Neil

Etheridge making his first-team debut against Odense. England squad

member David Stockdale will between the sticks after being recalled

from a loan spell with Ipswich and Jol is confident in his ability.

“Mark’s injury was a big disappointment because he is always fit to

play and played all the matches,” the Dutchman said. “We had to

give Neil Etheridge his debut and he is a big talent, but Stockdale

will be in goal and hopefully it will be four or five weeks rather

than seven or eight with Schwarzer. “That said, David gave us a

very positive feeling last year when he came in. “We called him

back and of course he is a very talented guy. “He did well in the

last spell and there’s no doubt he can’t do a job for us.” Against

Bolton, Stockdale will be hoping to add to Fulham’s six clean

sheets in the league – a record only bettered by Manchester United

and Swansea. The west Londoners, though, seem to be developing a

concerning knack of conceding late goals, although Jol does not

believe it is a major issue. “It’s vital if you want a result [to

stop doing that], but you need to look at all these different

games,” he said. “We certainly talk about it (concentration). “If I

was to come up with an easy excuse, I would say we had to play all

these games and in the last 10 or 15 minutes it’s hard for them.

“Even against Spurs we conceded in the final five minutes and it

was not about organisation but about defending well.”