FULHAM WANT TO EXPAND

A number of clubs have been showing interest in increasing their stadium capacities and facilities.

Fulham have become the latest club to do so after they have filed an application to the local council for increasing the capacity of their stadium to 30,000.

Craven cottage is one of the oldest grounds in England and it currently has a capacity of around 26,000. However, Fulham have realised that their stature as one of those regular clubs in the Premier League demands a much bigger ground and they are planning to increase their capacity by around 4000.

JOL WANTS A STRIKER

Fulham manager Martin Jol has revealed that he will be looking to sign another striker in the January transfer window.

Martin Jol is a manager who has always favoured the lone striker in very much the same fashion as many other Dutch managers. Fulham also has three strikers at their disposal including England striker Bobby Zamora.

FULHAM CHASE HAMMER COLE

Fulham are reportedly interested in signing West Ham United striker Carlton Cole in order to ensure that they do not face the trouble of relegation struggles once again.

Fulham were extremely close to relegation a few seasons ago, but Roy Hodgson arrived at Craven cottage to save them, and led them on the road to mid-table security. Even though they have not been spectacular this season, Martin Jol has done a good job at Craven Cottage.

Defeat leaves Jol angry

Fulham manager Martin Jol was left “angry and disappointed” after his side were thrashed 5-0 by Manchester United.

The London club found themselves three goals down before half time and although they improved after the break and almost got on the scoresheet on a number of occasions, Jol was still deeply unhappy with what he saw.

“They had eight attempts on goal and scored five goals. They played around us on the flanks and we did not defend well. Nani scored a header which tells you all,” he said.

FULHAM GRAB A POINT

Arsenal were one of the form teams going into the match against Fulham, but they couldn't help losing another two points against their fellow Londoners, Fulham.

Fulham have been taking points off Arsenal in the last few seasons and the 1-1 draw should not be surprising at all. However, Arsenal have been coming into the match as one of the unbeaten teams, and were the clear favourites.

JOL HAPPY WITH WIN

Fulham boss Martin Jol was happy with the team's performance on Saturday, which saw them run out as 2-0 winners against Wigan, at the Latic's own home ground.

Fulham were keen to get all three points, especially as they entered the match having lost their previous two matches against Everton and Wilsa Krakow.

The team started well, though it wasn't until just before the stroke of half-time that they broke the deadlock, with Clint Demsey firing in from close range. Midfielder Moussa Dembele put the game beyond doubt in the 61st minute.

FULHAM APPOINT JOL

Fulham have appointed former Tottenham manager Martin Jol to replace Mark Hughes. The former Tottenham and Ajax boss joins the Premier League club on an initial two-year contract, with the option to extend it for a further year.

Jol said: "I am very happy to join Fulham. It is a club with good, solid foundations and a great fan base.

"I am looking forward to being part of the Fulham family and thank the chairman for the trust shown in me."

FULHAM BELIEVING IN SCHWARZER

Fulham boss Mark Hughes has said that Mark Schwarzer's experience is highly significant to the squad.

The Cottagers, currently placed 11th on the Premier League table, are six points clear of the relegation zone and Hughes says it is the top flight experience of the likes of Schwarzer which will help keep the London club in the Premiership.

“Goalkeeping is a specialised position and it takes experience over and above any other position. A lack of experience in the goalkeeping position can cost your team dearly," Hughes told fulhamfc.com.

DUNN NOT FACING FULHAM

Blackburn midfielder David Dunn will not be taking part in the match against Fulham due to a hip muscle tear.

The 31-year-old missed last weekend's defeat at Aston Villa and will be on the sidelines again when Rovers head to Craven Cottage.

"David has a small tear and it will take a few days for it to settle down, ruling him out of this week's action," said a club spokesman.

Rovers will also be without defender Ryan Nelsen, who serves a one-match suspension for after being sent off at Villa Park.

FULHAM PLAY OUT A DRAW WITH CHELSEA

Fulham has stopped Chelsea's title dream with draw at the Craven Cottage. David Luiz, who had impressed on what was his first start for the club, was penalised for a trip on the American international in the 93rd minute, having spurned a host of chances to secure the points at Craven Cottage - with Fernando Torres subbed by boss Carlo Ancelotti once again before the full 90 minutes was out.

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