Jol: new style, new players for WBA

Bubble popped: Fulham's early season optimism has quickly disappeared. Photo: PA

Martin Jol hopes a lot of work in a short time will help Fulham get their Barclays Premier League campaign back on track against West Brom at Craven Cottage tomorrow.

After opening the new campaign with a 5-0 trashing of Norwich, Fulham have suffered three straight defeats, being knocked out of the Capital One Cup at Sheffield Wednesday and then turned over 3-0 at West Ham before the international break.

Jol accepts it has not been an ideal schedule kicking his heels at Motspur Park for the best part of two weeks as he looks to reshape the group following the transfer deadline departure of Moussa Dembele and want-away Clint Dempsey also eventually ending up at Tottenham.

"It was almost ridiculous after the West Ham game that everybody left for the international period," said the Dutchman.

"We could not do a lot with them, but we have done something today and hopefully it was enough to play in a different style again with different players.

"We threw everything away in the first couple of minutes against West Ham, when we could not stay with the runner from the knockdown, we should have done better.

"Now we must look forward to the next game, when West Brom will play a different style, and we have talked about that with the players today.

"We have done something about it in our training session, so hopefully we will get a better result."

Jol offered no excuses for his side's failures at Upton Park, where they could not cope with the direct balls up to Andy Carroll.

"If you have the experience we have got, then the players can cope with any style," said the former Tottenham and Ajax coach.

"Now it will be a challenge again because we play with a totally different midfield.

"We have to try to find a solution, maybe change it a bit because we have lost a lot of players, and hopefully we can take a step forwards again."

Veteran Greek international Giorgos Karagounis will go into the squad following his free transfer move from Panathinaikos, but Iranian midfielder Ashkan Dejagah needs a bit more time to get match fit after joining from Wolfsburg.

Jol is expecting big things from the 26-year-old.

"He is a player who is pretty young, and played in the Bundesliga," said the former Hamburg manager.

"I know him very well from when I was in Germany, so I thought to get some competition in that area was good, he also wanted to come to England at Fulham, so it was a nice transfer to get him over here."

The manner of Dempsey's departure, however, continues to irk Jol, who made it clear the American remained an integral part of Fulham's plans despite the player clearly wanting to further his career elsewhere.

"We were really disappointed," said Jol.

"It always looked like he was going to Liverpool, everything was almost wasted, because five or six weeks ago, we thought he would join them, then Spurs came in on the last day.

"We had to make a decision, it was not probably what we wanted, but the club decided to let him go.

"Clint did not literally say 'I will not play'. Everyone knows we wanted to keep him, but there was one player who wanted to leave.

"If you have a bit of imagination, you know he did not want to play here."

Striker Bryan Ruiz is battling to recover from a hamstring problem to play tomorrow, so Dimitar Berbatov could lead the line on his home debut after a deadline move from Manchester United.

Jol said: "To get him to Fulham was an unbelievable thing for me and hopefully for the team as well, because he is a real quality player."