Fulham left waiting after Twente dish out late blow
MARTIN Jol's Fulham must wait to book their place in the knockout stages of the Europa League after Marc Janko's 89th-minute winner for FC Twente last night cost the Premier League side dear.
Andy Johnson was sent off for a second booking in injury time, but Fulham's destiny is still in their own hands.
Fulham's Mousa Dembele believes the Cottagers can overcome last night's defeat to qualify for the last 32 of the competition.
The 1-0 win ensures FC Twente will finish top of Group K, but Fulham will join them in the knockout stages if they win their final group match at home to Odense on December 14.
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Dembele said: "Everybody will work hard to win the final game. It's very important to us and I think we'll win it."
On last night's setback in Holland, the 24-year-old Belgian added: "We tried to play our way and we would have been happy to take a point, but Twente had most of the game, so maybe they deserved to win.
"What happened at the end is disappointing, but we're not playing badly as a team."
Johnson's red card will see him miss the final game and Jol admitted the striker's absence is far from ideal.
"It was probably not what you want, a player sent off in the final minutes out of frustration," he said. "It was a second booking, and he knew that he was booked.
"You need all your players, especially Andy Johnson, who has scored goals in Europe.
"He did a very good job for the team. There is no complaint with his attitude."
The victory was Twente's first against English opposition in 13 European games and manager Co Adriaanse was proud of his team's effort.
"It was a difficult match because Fulham got back to their own game in the second half," he said.
"We had to be patient, but we didn't make the mistake of playing long balls and deserved the win."