Fulham manager Martin Jol rues Southampton's 'harsh' equaliser at St Mary's

Jol rues equaliser

Martin Jol: Frustrated to concede two points late on at Southampton

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Fulham manager Martin Jol believes Southampton's last-minute equaliser to force a 2-2 draw was harsh on his team.

The Cottagers looked to have come from behind to win when Kieran Richardson forced home Sascha Riether's cross to give the visitors the lead at St Mary's with minutes remaining.

But Jose Fonte headed in his second goal of the game to salvage a point for Saints and Jol thought that was tough on his team despite them being outplayed before the interval.

"It was harsh," Jol told Sky Sports. "When it's extra time and you concede an equaliser it's always harsh.

"But if you take into consideration the first half when we couldn't play our football in midfield and couldn't get the ball to our quality - we didn't play with quality.

"Second half we were much better. And we put them under pressure - scored two goals. But yes it's always disappointing when you concede two goals off two set-plays."

Asked what he had said to his players at the break to inspire the turnaround, Jol said: "I felt we're known by playing football; by our quality; by trying our philosophy and earning the right to play.

"It was almost like we were worried to play our football. (But) I'm not worried!

"It's not bad to have a point but we should have had three."