Mar 17 2012 By Yann Tear
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MARTIN Jol insists Fulham will not allow successive defeats to throw them off course in their ambition to finish in the top half of the league.
With Man United next up for the Whites, there is every prospect of drifting further off the target they have set themselves, but the boss is adamant his team will recover.
“Of course the top 10 is still on our radar,” Jol said.
“We want to finish as high as possible and I think we had six games here with no defeats and we did well, so it was a big disappointment.
“We have to pick ourselves up and try to come up with a response against Man United.”
In spite of the optimism, the Dutchman freely admits his team were second best against a slick Swansea side.
“They were probably the better team today. We gave them all the tools to do what they wanted,” Jol said.
“We knew the way they play. They want to keep the ball and we tried to do something early – to press high up, and that is a good way to do it if you can get the ball off them,” Jol said.
“Sometimes we did, because maybe we still had 40 per cent possession, but if you have the ball against them, you should keep it and we were too sloppy.
"We lost the ball and that was exactly what they want because they are a very good passing team and we weren't today."
Jol added: “They are a good footballing team. You have to be mobile and you have to be aggressive and you have to try to get the ball off them.”