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BERBA'S BEST

Posted on 25 February 2007  - 12:00

Martin Jol handed Dimitar Berbatov the highest praise after the striker's performance in the 4-1 win against Bolton on Sunday.

Martin Jol handed Dimitar Berbatov the highest praise after the striker's performance in the 4-1 win against Bolton on Sunday.

Berbatov had a huge part to play in the opening two goals as he held off the physical presence of Abdoulaye Faye first for Robbie Keane to drive home at the near post and then for Keane's shot to come back of Jussi Jaaskelainen and Jermaine Jenas to tap home for 2-0.

The front two of Berba and Keano were too hot to handle for the visitors in a blistering opening half-hour and after Robbie had made it 3-0 after 21 minutes, they combined again as the skipper's shot flashed just wide.

But it all changed after 35 minutes when Robbie was sent off for handball on the goalline and Gary Speed made it 3-1 from the penalty spot.

That only inspired Dimitar to take his game to another level. Playing up front on his own for the final 55 minutes, he chased and harried, every high ball appeared to stick and he could have bagged a couple himself - a volley well saved by Jaaskelainen and a header zipped just over.

A memorable piece of skill to lose Ivan Campo led to a double save from Jaaskelainen before the icing on the cake - his pass released Steed Malbranque in injury time and the substitute squared for Aaron Lennon to add the fourth.

"We broke on them three or four times and could have scored more goals in the second half and I told Berbatov that it was probably the best performance I've seen from a striker on his own against any team," said Martin.

"It's always a worry (for a foreign player coming into the Premiership) if he can do it in the first couple of months but, especially at White Hart Lane, he was immaculate.

"The thing that pleased me most is that he took responsibility. He wants to do well for us, he knows how much I wanted him as a player and he wants to do well for me and the Club, and that's great.

"Berbatov could play for any team in Europe because he's a top-class player. Just look at his international record - I don't think anyone can better his goalscoring record for Bulgaria."




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