MARTIN Jol admitted Fulham were far from their best as they left it late to see off Aston Villa.
Chris Baird was the unlikely hero as he swept home John Arne Riise's corner to give the Whites three hard-earned points.
But boss Jol says he was happy how his side – missing Damien Duff through illness and the injured Bryan Ruiz – got back to winning ways.
He said: “In the first-half we should have punished them because we had a lot of the ball and created more chances. But after the break our 4-4-2 didn’t really work against Aston Villa’s diamond, so we changed things a little.
“At times it was like an away game for us, because they [Villa] frustrated us. Mahamadou Diarra made a difference too when he came on, he really drove us forward.
“I thought the players that came on did well, and Dejagah who came in following injury looked really sharp and bright in possession. It was a pleasing debut for him.
“It wasn’t the best performance we will see at Craven Cottage but, at the end of the day, we are very happy with the three points. The points are more important anyway, so we can go away and be satisfied with the outcome.”
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