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Posted on 15 May 2005  - 12:00

Tottenham Hotspur (Spurs) Football Club is located in North London. The club is also known as Spurs. Tottenham's home ground is White Hart Lane. The club motto is Audere est Facere (To dare is to do).

Martin Jol conceded that last week's loss at Middlesbrough did the real damage to our European hopes after we ended the season with a goalless draw against Blackburn on Sunday.

As it turned out, all the mathematics over what we needed to do on the final day against Rovers mattered little as Middlesbrough grabbed the point they needed for seventh place at Manchester City.

The results meant we finished ninth overall in the Barclays Premiership - three points behind Middlesbrough and level on points with City but two goals adrift on goal difference.

"The result last week broke our necks," reflected Martin. "We were very disappointed because we needed a draw. It's always tough at Middlesbrough and that was a crucial game, perhaps in crucial games we've needed more.

"I'm proud of my team. I think we've achieved a lot this season but today we weren't creative enough to open Blackburn up and score the first goal.

"If you look at the first 15 minutes it was possible to score a goal and then possibly they would have openend up. Then it's easier for us.

We had some difficulties against teams who play the way they do. We needed width, players on the flanks and a bit of brilliance now and then. Fredi Kanoute did it in the first half but he's a striker.

"The service also needs to be better because we didn't get a lot of crosses in. That is something to improve on.

"I could be disappointed but if I think of my fellow managers at the bottom clubs - that is not excitement, that must be horrific."

We were 15th at the time and I was honest. Since then we lost the first two games since then we've lost one home match. I said that at the start, we needed to win eight of 10 home matches and we did that. I thinbk the crowd were happy with our home performances. We've lost a lot of players to injury since January, the likes of Mendes, Atouba, Pamarot and Gardner. Even this week we lost Mido and Dawson, so we needed to change again. We had 13 clean sheets, conceded less goals than ever away from home but still couldn't manage two more wins and that was probably the problem. Two more wins and we would have been in Europe easily. That is something to improve on. Chris Hughton said before the match that it was teh first time he could remember that Tottenham were still playing for Europe on the final day of the season, so maybe that's a positive thing. We want to achieve something because this is a big club and our supporters want us to do well.