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Jol: Fulham frontmen ready to fire

Martin Jol believes things are looking up for his Fulham side as he prepares to launch his "weapons" in Saturday's Barclays Premier League clash with Cardiff.

Fulham ended a winless sequence at home of six matches dating back to April with defeat of Everton in the Capital One Cup on Tuesday night, and face Cardiff with a spring in their step and options at Jol's disposal.

The Dutchman has had few opportunities to deploy Dimitar Berbatov and on-loan striker Darren Bent up front in tandem due to injury, but is likely to do so on Saturday, while on-loan QPR playmaker Adel Taraabt could pull the strings.

"If you've got the weapons, like we had against Everton, I think we will do well at home," Jol said.

"After Tuesday it was more positive. Adel played, (Giorgos) Karagounis played, Bent came on and scored his goal. It's good, if it stays like it is now.

"The main thing for me is that they will be fit for selection and that they can do what we intended them to do. Bent is here because there's goals in him.

"If there's enough goals in us, I think we don't have a problem.

"With Berbatov and Bent (we have enough)."

Following the draw with West Brom - secured when the visitors netted a last-gasp equaliser - a vocal minority of supporters called for Jol's departure.

With Fulham still searching for a second win of the season and languishing in the relegation zone of the table in its early stages, Jol understands the fans' concern.

Jol added: "They're entitled to (be worried). I'm concerned as well, even the players, even my captain (Brede Hangeland).

"If Bent is not there, Berbatov is injured, you realise with the youngsters - (Alex) Kacaniklic and (Patjim) Kasami - there's maybe not enough goals.

"That is what we showed against Newcastle; 85th minute we could have scored. We didn't, they scored.

"The West Bromwich game was awful; the final minute of the game, 93rd minute and we gave away three points.

"We had four opportunities, the ball was in the net four times and they scored an equaliser. It was pretty tough for us.

"(But) if everybody is there, I think we're strong enough to make steps and have a good season."

On paper at least, Fulham have the opportunity to go on a winning run, with the visit of Cardiff followed by a home match with Stoke, then games at Crystal Palace and Southampton.

Jol is refusing to get too far ahead of himself, though.

He added: "I don't want to talk about that. Every time managers talk about that it's totally opposite.

"(The start to the season) was not easy, but we should have done a little bit better.

"If you concede goals in the final minutes of games you will be victim of yourselves. That happened to us."

One of the big positives for Jol so far this term has been Scott Parker, the midfielder recruited from Tottenham who made his debut against Arsenal.

The Fulham boss said: "He was exactly the kind of guy we expected him to be.

"He was the only one we spent money on. I think he was worth it.

"I enjoy watching him, the fans enjoy watching him and hopefully he will continue to do that.

"He is a spirit. He wants to win here, he shows us the way in midfield, he works hard.

"He's played all the games (since signing). I needed him (against Everton).

"I really thought it was necessary that Scott Parker played. That shows you how important he is."

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