Jol makes Fulham goals plea

BY foxsports • August 27, 2011

The west Londoners have yet to score in the Premier League this season, having been held to a goalless draw by Aston Villa on the opening day before succumbing to defeat at Wolves last weekend. Fulham also failed to net in Thursday's Europa League play-off clash against Dnipro, although they progressed to the group stage 3-1 on aggregate despite the 1-0 defeat in Ukraine. Jol has made no secret of his desire to bolster his ailing strike force in recent weeks, but wants his current crop to get a result on Tyneside tomorrow. "We have to do better," he said. "We have to play to our strengths and of course we could say we have got a lot of defensive qualities. "The second half against Aston Villa and Wolves showed we are capable of scoring goals. "But you have to do the business - score the goals and get the results. If you don't do that, you play for a 0-0. "Thursday, of course, was over two games so we were okay but to lose a game away from home was not what he wanted. "For the confidence of the team, it is always better if you score a couple of goals and win these games. "But we didn't so it is still a worry but hopefully we can score against Newcastle because that is what we need. We need a result." Jol saw a bid for Birmingham striker Cameron Jerome turned down earlier in the transfer window, while the Dutchman has also been linked with a move for West Ham's Carlton Cole. Senegal international Papiss Demba Cisse is reportedly one of Fulham's main targets and Freiburg chairman Fritz Keller says the club are considering three bids for the striker. While Jol admits he would like to bring in an attacker before the Wednesday deadline, he also wants to bolster the squad in other areas. "It is not only about strikers," he said. "Nine players left the club and there will probably be one or two leaving the club [by the end of the window]. "I am not only after a striker, you know. We need players for the numbers as well because we could not field a second XI [on Thursday], for example, so you have to field your best players all the time. "That is not what you want and that is why we are trying to get players. "We are very close [to making signings] but it is always the same, you know. "If you want a good player there are always other clubs involved so you have to wait and see." Asked whether a deal for Cisse was in the offing, Jol said: "As normal, we don't talk about that sort of thing. I don't say yes, I don't say no." Jol's striking options have been further limited in recent games by an ankle injury to England international Bobby Zamora. The 30-year-old is rated 50-50 to feature at Newcastle, while the Cottagers could also be without influential left-back John Arne Riise. One player definitely out of the match is midfielder Simon Davies, who faces up to five months out after suffering complications with a knee injury. "It is the same injury [as before] but a bit more complicated," Jol said. "It's still bad. "We have had a look with the medical staff and I feel the likely scenario would see him out for probably two months. "But if it is the worst-case scenario, it could be four to five months." Asked whether it was career-threatening, Jol said: "Sometimes you have these injuries. It's not going away. "You have to come up with a solution. The solution is probably time."

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