Football - Allardyce sympathy for Jol

West Ham boss Sam Allardyce feels for under-fire Fulham boss Martin Jol.

PA Sport Report

Allardyce's men sent Jol closer to the sack with a comprehensive 3-0 win, coming thanks to goals from Mohamed Diame, Carlton Cole and Joe Cole.

"You cannot be in our game without feeling anything for each other when things are not going our way," the former Bolton, Newcastle and Blackburn manager said.

"It is a lonely old job when you are trying to find the right solution to poor results.

"It is one where people don't really understand what you go through because they have never experienced it.

"Only talking to ourselves and pulling ourselves through, and obviously the people that you interact with on a regular basis, can help.

"You're in a position where you take all the heat and you've got to take all the heat because it is your job.

"If it is going bad, it is your responsibility no matter whether you've got injuries, no matter whether you should have signed this one or that one before the deadline.

"It is no excuse in the end, even though it is an excuse for not getting the result everybody expects."

The result leaves Fulham three points off safety and impressively ends West Ham's miserable five-match winless run in the league - even if it took the late introductions of both Coles for the match to be tied up.

"The only disappointing thing was that we didn't score more goals before the subs came on," Allardyce added.

"That was something I was getting pretty nervous about at 1-0, knowing Fulham could capitalise on a mistake and perhaps get something they didn't deserve.

"We had many chances to go 2-0 up before the subs came on, but when they came on and finished it off it is just great for you as a manager. Finally, you've got the victory you have been searching for."

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