MARTIN Jol declared himself satisfied with Fulham's season – although a final day defeat at Tottenham ended hopes of a record points haul and the chance to leapfrog Liverpool into eighth place.
The Fulham boss, given a great reception by home fans, who remember him fondly from his time as boss at White Hart Lane said: “Of course we wanted to get a result, because you never know, we could have finished eighth.
“But in the first 10-15 minutes they were sharp and much more mobile and we gave away a goal after 90 seconds, so it was difficult.
“In the second half, we were probably equal, but they scored again and then the game was over.
“It was a difficult season, with all these games in Europe. I think it's probably the highest points we've had in combination with Europe.
“Of course you want more. But if I look at the teams above us – Everton and Liverpool and the top six - and then there is a five point gap above the other teams, so you could say we were the best of the rest. That was good enough for me.”
Jol refused to blame the defeat on the absence of injured top scorer Clint Dempsey.
“I think you always miss a player like Clint, and this probably wasn't the best Spurs I've ever seen, but good enough to beat us,” said the Dutchman.
Talking of the warm reaction from home fans he received on his return to the team who sacked him five years ago, Jol said: "It's always a bit embrrassing for the other manager, probably. But Harry knows he's loved as well.
"I always had a great relationship, but I feel a bit embarrassed. When you've got a new girl, you shouldn't be too involved with your old missus."