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JOL'S DELIGHT

Posted on 23 August 2006  - 12:00

Martin Jol said the lads were determined to quickly erase the opening day defeat at Bolton - underlined by our first half display in toppling Sheffield United on Tuesday night.

Martin Jol said the lads were determined to quickly erase the opening day defeat at Bolton - underlined by our first half display in toppling Sheffield United on Tuesday night.

That first half was simply outstanding as goals from Dimitar Berbatov - his first in the Premiership - and Jermaine Jenas after seven and 17 minutes respectively put us in the driving seat.

Robbie Keane ran the show in that half and had a hand in both goals while Aaron Lennon, in the words of Blades' boss Neil Warnock, was 'unplayable at times'.

To their credit, the Blades didn't concede a third despite our continued dominance and a late barrage following the arrival of Jermain Defoe off the bench - Paddy Kenny was forced into three fine saves in the final eight minutes to keep it at 2-0.

"I am more than pleased because it was a good performance," said Martin. "We didn't do well against Bolton and everybody wanted to do better. That is what we did.

"We wanted to put Bolton right and from the first whistle we looked for a high tempo and to put them under pressure. We knew they would play five at the back but we had enough space in midfield with two quality players - JJ and Edgar Davids - to keep them under pressure.

"Robbie Keane knew exactly how to play with Berbatov with their three at the back and it was very pleasing for us that the the lads did what we wanted and gave the crowd a performance.

"The final score doesn't reflect the game because we could have had three or four. That is the only thing we have to work on, to score more goals."