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GOOD HABITS

Posted on 4 August 2007  - 12:00

Martin Jol spoke about the good habit of winning games after making it seven out of seven this summer with victory over Torino.

Martin Jol spoke about the good habit of winning games after making it seven out of seven this summer with victory over Torino.

Saturday's 2-0 success at the Lane made it 23 friendlies unbeaten under Martin's charge stretching back to the win over the Mauritius national team back in May 2005.

Stevenage Borough, St Patrick's, Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates (twice), Leyton Orient and now Torino have all been beaten in preparation for next Saturday's (August 4) kick-off against Sunderland.

It was pretty much one-way traffic against the Italian side with an absolute cracker from Robbie Keane and Dimitar Berbatov's tap in securing the win.

Having said that it was a good test in terms of the physical side of things as more than a few crunching tackles went in!

"We've done unbelievably well in friendlies and it's a habit you want - not losing games," said Martin.

"I thought we were 100 per cent better than them and we didn't give away a lot either, so that was good.

"We still have to fine tune a couple of things and we will do that.

"I was pleased because I could bring all the substitutes on in the second half, the crowd could see for instance what Adel Taarabt could do and he's just 18.

"I was also pleased with Younes Kaboul and Ricardo Rocha, who can play right-back, left-back or in the centre, that's a fine situation for a manager.

"The players know they have to fight for their places, there are no comfort zones and that's what we want."