MLADEN Petric is not being kept back just for home games, insists Fulham's boss.
The Croatian was kept on the bench at Reading, but could feature in today's game against Everton at Craven Cottage, because he is tough to leave out, according to Martin Jol.
“No, he's not a striker you can use only at home,” said the Whites' boss. “You would be playing without a striker away if that was the case.
“Of course most strikers are better at home. Robin Van Persie is probably one of the few in England who can play [equally well] at home and away.
“No, Petric got injured a few weeks ago and I had to do something. He was almost a victim of himself because I couldn't wait for him while he was injured.
“I needed another striker, so I started with Hugo Rodallega and Dimitar Berbatov at Wigan and that was OK and Rodallega scored, so I left it, so that cost him his place.
“But after that, he played two weeks ago at Craven Cottage with Berbatov and now Ruiz has come back, so I've got a choice of playing Ruiz or Petric with Berbatov.”
Jol added: “It's all about momentum. If Rodallega scores against Wigan, I want to leave him in. Never change a winning team is the principle. But Petric is such a good player, it's tough to leave him out.
“He feels that he should play and I think he's right, but I can't play all my best players up front. We would have to play 4-1-5 and that would be ridiculous.
“But that is what I want, competition for places.”