Martin Jol: 'FA Cup still the best competition in the world'

Jol: 'FA Cup still the best competition in the world'
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Martin Jol believes that the FA Cup is still the best competition in the world.

Fulham boss Martin Jol has expressed his belief that the FA Cup is still the best competition in the world following his side's 4-0 win over Charlton in the third round.

Clint Dempsey's hattrick, coupled with a late goal from Damien Duff, gave Jol's side a one-sided scoreline that was perhaps harsh on League One leaders Charlton.

"In hindsight 4-0 is a very good result, especially if you see the other results," the Fulham boss said.

"We knew before the game they have got a very good side with a good mentality.

"They win games and make a habit of that. They had two defeats in 24 games and that showed in the first 15 minutes of the second half."

Jol noted that the FA Cup is still a very special competition for him despite the declining prestige of the tournament.

"I wasn't here for the last four or five years but I still think the FA Cup is the best competition in the world," the former Tottenham manager added.

"I told the players that and maybe they think differently, but I don't think so. For a club like Fulham, maybe you can discuss about [the importance of] the Carling Cup but the FA Cup for me is not sacred, but it is one of the best competitions.

"The only thing that is amazing is I looked at Birmingham versus Wolves, for example, and I said to Ray Lewington 'I thought it would be a sellout?' Even when I played it was a sellout and it was the same when I was at Spurs."

Fulham currently sit in 14th place in the league, level on points with Aston Villa and Swansea.

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