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HEAVEN IN E13!

Posted on 4 March 2007  - 12:00

Martin Jol went through the full range of emotions as we toppled West Ham 4-3 in an incredible Premiership encounter at Upton Park.

Martin Jol went through the full range of emotions as we toppled West Ham 4-3 in an incredible Premiership encounter at Upton Park.

Trailing 2-0 at the break - although Robert Green made four fine saves in the first half - we clawed back to 2-2 via Jermain Defoe's penalty and Teemu Tainio's volley only for Bobby Zamora to head home what looked like the winner at 3-2 with five minutes left.

We weren't finished though. Dimitar Berbatov curled home a free-kick following a foul on lively substitute Adel Taarabt - his debut - for 3-3 before Paul Stalteri led a breakaway from a West Ham corner in injury time, fed Defoe, continued his run and was on the spot 70 yards further down the pitch when Defoe's shot was parried by Green.

"It was like hell, heaven, hell and heaven," reflected Martin at Upton Park. "It was an amazing English game.

"We came back three times but in the first half we should have scored, we had many chances but the keeper was outstanding.

"Everyone was very angry and disappointed at half-time, a few words were said but we realised if we scored, they were a bit insecure because they knew if they conceded a goal it would be difficult and that's what happened. All we had in mind was to score to get it to 2-1 and then get back in the match.

"We knew if we wanted to get back into it we had to score and we did that twice but they then got a free-kick and scored the third goal. That could have been deadly.

"It wasn't easy because we'd used substitutes and the only weapon I had left was 17-year-old Adel Taarabt and he did exactly what I had in mind, so that was good.

"Chelsea at home was probably the best win of the season but this was amongst them."




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