x Abu Dhabi, UAEFriday 28 July 2017

A goal is the goal for Fulham

Fulham have yet to win or score in the league this season and manager Martin Jol knows that they need to address those issues before it turns into a more serious problem.

Fulham have yet to win or score in the league this season and manager Martin Jol knows that they need to address those issues before it turns into a more serious problem.

"We have to do better," the Dutchman said ahead of Sunday's trip to St James' Park to face Newcastle United. "We have to play to our strengths, and of course we could say we have got a lot of defensive qualities.

"The second half against Aston Villa [a 0-0 draw] and Wolves [a 2-0 defeat] showed we are capable of scoring goals.

"But you have to do the business - score the goals and get the results. If you don't do that, you play for a 0-0."

Jol saw a bid for Birmingham City striker Cameron Jerome turned down earlier in the transfer window. Fulham also has been linked with a move for West Ham's Carlton Cole.

The Senegal international, Papiss Demba Cisse, is reportedly one of Fulham's main targets.

While Jol admits he would like to bring in an attacker before the Wednesday deadline, he also wants to bolster the squad in other areas.

"It is not only about strikers," he said. "Nine players left the club and there will probably be one or two leaving the club [by the end of the window].

He said Fulham were "very close" to some signings "but it is always the same, you know. If you want a good player there are always other clubs involved so you have to wait and see".

In today's other game, West Bromwich Albion host Stoke City and it is a chance for the manager Roy Hodgson to pair Peter Odemwingie, last season's top scorer, with the new signing, Shane Long, for the first time up front.

Said Hodgson: "It's a partnership that excites fans and excites us. But Peter has spent a long period of time injured, so they haven't really worked together well so far."