FULHAM boss Martin Jol paid tribute to David Moyes’ ‘Barcelona Blues’ on Saturday.
The Fulham manager admitted his side had got lucky to escape with a draw from a one-sided contest at Craven Cottage.
When asked whether his side’s good home form played a part in their dramatic comeback, Jol praised the spirit of his players, and also the style of the opposition, comparing the Toffees to Barcelona.
“The only thing that I can say that’s positive is that we never gave up. Everton were stronger than us, they are a very good team and they pressed us and their full-backs were almost playing like Barcelona’s do,” he said.
“We were playing a very good team who had a lot of possession but the game changed over 90 minutes.
“They dominated us and Alexander Kacaniklic was nearly playing at left-back, while Damien Duff over the other side was the same.
We had a spare man in midfield, but they were almost playing a 4-2-4 and Fellaini was more of a striker than a midfield player today and it’s a very good and brave style.
“I feel that when you play against the better teams, whether it’s 4-3-3 or 4-5-1, you could play around them, and we did that two or three times, but that’s not enough. The first ball was always to Fellaini and the second ball was for them and then they started playing as well.
“We are a good team and you could see that in the first-half where we took the lead through a great free-kick from Bryan Ruiz, but you could see that they were probably still physically stronger and that helps.
“We had problems closing them down at the back and in making lots of interceptions in midfield, so they had a lot of chances in on goal.”
But while Jol admitted Fulham had been taught a lesson, he offered only limited sympathy for Everton failing to claim the reward they deserved.
“It doesn’t mean anything in football if you don’t score the goals,” Jol said. “They dominated us, all we could do was try to be positive. They are a very good footballing team. They are a settled team and know exactly what to do.
“Normally we are a good team, but I couldn’t see that today. Although we took the lead I still felt they were stronger.”