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JOL'S JOY AT LADS' RESPONSE

Posted on 24 October 2005  - 12:00

Martin Jol was delighted with how the lads battled back for a point at Old Trafford on Saturday.

Martin Jol was delighted with how the lads battled back for a point at Old Trafford on Saturday.

Manchester United had the better of the first half, went 1-0 up via Mikael Silvestre after seven minutes and had further chances via Alan Smith and John O'Shea.

The second half was a different story though. Jermaine Jenas curled home a wonderful equaliser after 72 minutes and Michael Carrick struck the woodwork as we enjoyed a great share of possession. However, Ruud Van Nistelrooy could have nicked the points for United only to head Paul Scholes' corner inches wide in added time.

"It was 100 per cent better in the second half," declared Head Coach Martin. "We didn't fulfil our potential in the first half, two or three players didn't play too well - you have to do more if you want a result against Manchester United.

We gave them too much space on the flanks and then there was the situation for the goal

I don't think it was a bad mistake by Paul Robinson because the ball skidded off the ground and we had to react to it, we have to do better with our marking to avoid those types of goals.

"In the second half we put things straight, there was no space on the flanks, we did things better and could have nicked it in the end.

"I don't think they created too many chances and I thought we deserved a point.

"It was a terrific goal from Jermaine Jenas, his second goal in two games so that's exactly what we want from our midfield players."