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DINAMO DYNAMITE!

Posted on 15 December 2006  - 12:00

Martin Jol was delighted with how we set about beating Dinamo Bucharest to clinch top spot in our UEFA Cup group on Thursday night.

Martin Jol was delighted with how we set about beating Dinamo Bucharest to clinch top spot in our UEFA Cup group on Thursday night.

Needing a point to finish at the head of the table, the lads tore into the Romanians from the first whistle and superbly-executed goals from Dimitar Berbatov and Jermain Defoe after 16 and 39 minutes put us in the driving seat. Defoe struck again just after the break and substitute Jean Phillipe Mendy's goal was no more than a consolation as we ran out 3-1 winners.

"I think we deserve a bit of credit," said Martin. "Dinamo Bucharest is a very good team but we made them look average.

"We saw five or six of their matches and they always start with a furious tempo but we didn't want that in our stadium. We said before the game that we wanted a high tempo, to pressurise them and we did it well and played some entertaining football.

"They were already qualifed for the next round, so were we and to motivate yourself to do a 100 per cent job is not always easy.

"But if you play at Spurs, if you know our history and our crowd - they turned up in their thousands again - if you are not motivated to go out and play you are not a professional."

The victory maintained our 100 per cent record in the UEFA Cup this season with victories over Slavia Prague (in both legs), Besiktas, Club Brugge, Bayer Leverkusen and now Dinamo. It also stretched our sequence of wins to 10 on the trot at the Lane in all competitions.

We will now play a team finishing third in their UEFA Cup group when the draw for the last 32 is made on Friday.

Martin added: "It wasn't just about winning the game and winning the group, it's about momentum as well. We want to win games.

"We have a young team and we have to do better sometimes but if you saw the way we played in the first half with a slightly different team - Hossam Ghaly and Benoit Assou-Ekotto both came back, Aaron Lennon played on the left - you know we are getting better and better."