Jol: Fulham will attack Man City

Fulham manager Martin Jol has pledged to fight fire with fire when high-flying Manchester City visit Craven Cottage on Sunday.

Fulham players celebrating Dempsey's strike.

The west Londoners have struggled so far this season in the Barclays Premier League, whereas opponents City have started in scintillating form.

Fulham only have two points on the board after four matches and Jol admitted earlier this week his side need to start turning draws into wins.

The Cottagers have drawn three out of their last four home games and the Dutchman believes the best way to change their fortunes against City will be to press from the offset.

"I plan for us to attack on Sunday," Jol said. "They play attacking football but still with two defensive midfielders and four players at the back.

"They don't take a lot of initiative but they've got four quality players that try to get behind your midfield.

"They have a lot of quality. We have to come up with something to stop that and still get goals.

"If we would have won the first two home games (against Aston Villa and Blackburn) we would have six points and this game would be a different matter.

"Now you have to gain your own spirit, your own confidence for the game."

Manchester City come into the match off the back of their Champions League debut, which ended in a 1-1 draw against Napoli at the Etihad Stadium.

Fulham also had European exertions to contend with in midweek, drawing 1-1 with Jol's former club FC Twente at Craven Cottage.

The Dutchman highlighted in his programme notes his belief that the competition could act as an important platform to build confidence, and he thinks it is paying dividend already despite Thursday's frustrating result.

"I felt the first half we played very good football," he said.

"One-touch, two-touch football with five or six different players and we did well.

"In the second half it is always the same - if you try to force something you give away space.

"But I couldn't gamble on a draw against Twente as I need to get everybody back in shape.

"If you see Thursday, for example - it is a different matter to last Sunday [against Blackburn].

"Bright points were Pajtim Kasami at 19 years of age played well and I thought Chris Baird too did well, playing for the first time in the centre.

"Of course he has done that before in his career but it was a little bit of a gamble and he did well.

"The only negative thing is you don't score the goals you need."

Baird could again feature for Jol's side on Sunday with Aaron Hughes struggling with a knee injury and new signing Zdenek Grygera still bedding in.

The Northern Ireland international is excited by the prospect of facing Roberto Mancini's side and believes Fulham can secure a positive result against the odds.

"Our thoughts now turn to the game with Manchester City on Sunday and we all know that we need to get that first win," Baird said.

"City are doing extremely well at the moment so people will say that may be easier said than done.

"They are a top quality side but we're playing them at Craven Cottage and we all know that we are capable of taking three points off any team there.

"Hopefully that will be the case because it would give us a massive boost.

"We're looking forward to getting out there with them and we'll make sure we are firing on all cylinders."



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