Fulham boss Jol pleased for Kasami

Fulham manager Martin Jol said he was pleased for Pajtim Kasami after the Swiss youngster’s winner against Sunderland.

Kasami’s second-half header – his first goal for the Whites – gave them an opening-day victory at the Stadium of Light.

The 21-year-old, who ended last season on loan with Lucerne, is hoping to establish himself in Jol’s first team this term.

Kasami scored early in the second half.
Kasami scored early in the second half.

And he responded well to being brought in for Bryan Ruiz, who was rested after being on international duty with Costa Rica.

“For a young kid to score his first Premier League goal and the winning goal – of course it is what I want for him,” Jol declared.

“I sent him to Switzerland last season because he’s got talent and is a strong kid. He came back and did well in pre-season.

“Because Bryan Ruiz didn’t come back until Friday, I thought maybe it was good to start with Kasami.

“He was happy that I chose him and I was happy with him.”

Despite the excellent result, Jol insisted there was still plenty of room for improvement.

Sunderland dominated large spells of the match before Kasami netted against the run of play.

“I think it was a perfect away result but not a perfect performance,” Jol admitted.

“We had to grind out the result. It was a very scrappy game for us. We didn’t do well at times.

“We have to try to control the midfield. We didn’t do that in the first half and couldn’t keep the ball.”



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