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Martin Jol disappointed after Fulham give away late goal yet again


Fulham boss Martin Jol was left a frustrated man after his team were twice denied a precious Barclays Premier League away win at Reading on Saturday.

Chris Baird put the visitors 2-1 up in the 77th minute at the Madejski Stadium only for substitute Garath McCleary to level eight minutes later.

Dimitar Berbatov then appeared to have struck the Fulham winner, but the Royals refused to throw in the towel and Hal Robson-Kanu salvaged a 3-3 draw in the 90th minute.

"If you score three goals against a team like Reading, you should have done enough to win," Jol said.

"I thought Berbatov had scored the winner, but maybe we need to be a bit cleverer and not give away that late free-kick."

Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini praised Carlos Tevez after the Argentinian netted the winner for the champions in a hard-fought 1-0 victory over Swansea.

"He played well but Carlos also played well against West Bromwich," said the Italian, whose side were again far from their best but moved within a point of the top with the three points.

"He worked hard for the team. It is an important goal and I am happy for him."

Arsenal celebrated the return of Jack Wilshere after more than a year on the sidelines with a 1-0 home win over 10-man QPR.

Julio Cesar was in inspired form in the QPR goal but was finally beaten by Mikel Arteta's scrambled 82nd-minute effort after visiting full-back Stephane Mbia had been sent off for kicking out at Gunners defender Thomas Vermaelen.

QPR manager Mark Hughes felt Arsenal's goal was offside, saying: "I have seen the replay. Arteta is offside twice - on the initial header that Julio saves and in the melee he comes back from an offside position and scored.

"How the referee hasn't given offside, I don't know."

Norwich boss Chris Hughton was disappointed his side failed to follow up their win over Arsenal with three more points.

Aston Villa went ahead through Christian Benteke but had defender Joe Bennett sent off early in the second period before Michael Turner salvaged a 1-1 draw for the visitors.

"I think it was two points that got away," Hughton said. "When you are 1-0 down, you are delighted to get back in the game.

"If it's 0-0 and you have the pressure we had at the end, you are more disappointed."

West Ham had lost only twice in the league before Saturday's 2-1 defeat at Wigan, but Hammers boss Sam Allardyce was nevertheless highly critical of his team's display at the DW Stadium.

He said: "From start to finish we never got going. They hadn't won a game at home and, if you stay in the game, they get a bit more nervous.

"Their technique was 10 times better than ours. Our technique on the ball was ridiculously poor."

Sunderland manager Martin O'Neill declared himself satisfied enough overall with a point after a 0-0 draw at Stoke.

"It was a difficult game played in difficult enough conditions, with the wind swirling around," the Northern Irishman said. "A point away from home isn't too bad."