MARTIN Jol says he was impressed with Burton Albion in Tuesday night’s League Cup win at the Pirelli Stadium.
The Dutchman’s Fulham side progressed via a penalty shoot-out, but were made to battle the whole way by Gary Rowett’s League Two side – despite Jole naming a very strong team.
“We put a strong side out because we wanted to win the tie. In England the lower league sides make it difficult for you, and they made it difficult for us.
“We had all the play for about 78-80 minutes but then towards the end and in extra time they had their spell.
“I was impressed with Burton, they are a good side. They have a great home record, I think it was the best in their division last season.
“I wish them all the best for the season, I think they will do very well.
“I think it was a great game of football.
“It was very satisfying that we kept going and we tried to grind out a result.
“That is resilience and mentality, and that is what we want. We want a winning team again.
“It could have been a bad night for us.
“The crowd smelt blood but it turned out nice in the end.”
On Bryan Ruiz’s spot kick, which hit the post and then rebounded in off Dean Lyness, Jol said: “That was very fortunate.
“I don’t like left-footers taking penalties – but John Arne Riise finished it off thankfully.”