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Keeper's stock plummets in defeat

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: December 31, 2012

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MARTIN Jol pointed the finger at former Liberty target David Stockdale after Swansea City won again at Craven Cottage.

Swansea followed up last season's 3-0 cruise at Fulham with another win by the Thames this weekend.

Goals from Danny Graham and Jonathan de Guzman mean they have now triumphed in all three games against Fulham since they climbed into the Premier League.

Jol's men have now won only one of their last 12 games — but the Dutchman reckoned they deserved better on Saturday.

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Jol laid the blame for defeat at the door of back-up keeper Stockdale, who Brendan Rodgers wanted at Swansea before he signed Michel Vorm.

"This was our best performance for a couple of months," said former Tottenham boss Jol.

"But while 90 per cent of my players did very well, my goalkeeper did not have a great game.

"Mark Schwarzer was missing because he had a bad neck, but David Stockdale is a very good keeper and has always done well for me.

"But he knows he has not played very well and we have come away with nothing from the game because of his mistakes.

"I was very confident in him, but maybe he was a bit nervous because it was his first game of the season."

While Swansea made seven changes to their starting side for the Fulham trip, Jol made six.

The home reshuffle came despite a lengthy injury list which Jol felt had a big impact on the game.

"I thought we did a lot of things very well," he added.

"We started okay and stopped them getting on the ball. Swansea are a team who have a lot of possession, more than some of the top teams, but I thought we did very well.

"We made it very difficult for them and then had two or three chances to take the lead.

"But we gave them a couple of Christmas gifts."

The chance count suggested Fulham were worth at least a point, and they might have got one had Dimitar Berbatov not crept offside before slotting in a rebound from Giorgos Karagounis's shot.

Swansea were never at their best at the Cottage, but they took their opportunities when they came and defended stoically, particularly as Fulham pressed hard in the second period.

And Jol reckoned his team did a fine job on their visitors — only to be let down by a lack of sharpness in the final third.

"Swansea are a very good side but that was probably their worst game of the season because we played very well and stopped them playing," he added.

"I thought we deserved at least a point from the game and we probably did enough to win it.

"But sometimes our final pass was not good enough and sometimes we were not in the right positions to take the final pass."

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