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FIVE STAR

Posted on 9 December 2006  - 12:00

Martin Jol was delighted to see us put together back-to-back wins in the Barclays Premiership after Saturday's five-star display against Charlton.

Martin Jol was delighted to see us put together back-to-back wins in the Barclays Premiership after Saturday's five-star display against Charlton.

The 5-1 success made it nine straight home wins in all competitions including six in the league in a run of just two defeats in 17 matches, again in all competitions.

After a slow start, we burst into a 2-0 lead with quickfire goals from Dimitar Berbatov and Teemu Tainio before Michael Dawson diverted Andy Reid's cross into his own net for 2-1 at the interval.

Steed Malbranque volleyed home the crucial third goal after 55 minutes in another goal-den spell of three goals in 11 minutes with further strikes from Jermain Defoe and Berbatov taking out out of sight.

"Everyone was devastated after the Arsenal game," reflected Martin at the Lane. "We had to prove a point against Middlesbrough, we did that and although 2-1 wasn't a great margin, we should have won by more.

"But if we'd had a bad result against Charlton it would have meant nothing.

"Charlton is a derby game and you know they had some confidence after beating Blackburn.

"They started well, played with two up front and one in the hole and that gave us a bit of a problem, but after 20 minutes we changed a few things and that meant we could overload them at the back and create more.

"We switched Aaron Lennon to behind our strikers to match them up, we looked dangerous and it was good to see the midfielders on the scoresheet.

"I feel we are more consistent than people give us credit for - in the last 17 matches we've had two defeats but they were hugely disappointing against Reading and Arsenal. Still, I think every other team besides the top two would be satisfied with those results."