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JOL'S DELIGHT

Posted on 25 February 2007  - 12:00

Martin Jol was in high spirits after Sunday's 4-1 success over Bolton and said our third win in a week was 'something to cherish'.

Martin Jol was in high spirits after Sunday's 4-1 success over Bolton and said our third win in a week was 'something to cherish'.Two goals from skipper Robbie Keane and one from Jermaine Jenas - following in Keano's shot - saw us storm into a 3-0 lead after 21 minutes as we played some our best football of the season.

But it was to be a mixed afternoon for Keano - he was soon shown a straight red card by referee Graham Poll for a handball offence on the goalline as Bolton were handed a lifeline from the penalty spot after 35 minutes.

However, the second half was just as good as the first as our 10 men defended resolutely and posed problems on the break, led by an immaculate display of forward play from Dimitar Berbatov.

Aaron Lennon completed an afternoon to remember from Steed Malbranque's cross in injury time.

"First of all I'm happy for our supporters," reflected Martin at the Lane. "That is our third win in a week now. First we played against Fulham and they have a great record at home, then Everton, who are the same and now against Bolton.

"I felt alongside Newcastle at home that was the best opening 20, 30 minutes we've had but then you always have a worry following the sending off.

"It's a concern because at 3-1, they are capable of scoring a second goal against 10 men and then we could have made it difficult for ourselves, but that didn't happen.

"Instead, we broke away three or four times and could have scored two or three more goals ourselves.

"I would have loved to have seen us play with 11 men throughout because I really had a good feeling.

"Bolton had a break whereas we had to play our third game in seven days again but there was one advantage - we had our rhythm, confidence and belief."

As for the penalty decision against Robbie Keane and subsequent red card, Martin said: "I'll have another look at it tomorrow (Monday), but Robbie said he chested it."


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