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JOL'S PRIDE

Posted on 1 October 2007  - 12:00

Martin Jol reflected on our incredible comeback against Villa on a 125 night to remember at the Lane and declared: "We'll never throw the towel in."

Martin Jol reflected on our incredible comeback against Villa on a 125 night to remember at the Lane and declared: "We'll never throw the towel in."

After a fantastic parade of legends to the sight of 36,000-plus fans waving commemorative flags, it looked like the evening was going to fall flat as Villa surged into a 3-1 lead at the break and then 4-1 ahead just before the hour.

But the lads collectively found something as Pascal Chimbonda made it 4-2 after 69 minutes, Robbie Keane slotted home a penalty after 82 and then Younes Kaboul lashed into the top corner in injury time to send players, management and fans delirious.

"It was all about giving the supporters a celebration and we spoiled that by conceding similar goals to what weve conceded before and that felt awful," reflected Martin at the Lane.

"In the second half we said we had to play for the shirt and do everything possible, to give everything and I think the players did that. Having said that, at 4-1 it felt horrible, to say the least.

"I tried to keep my head cool and hope for better and the players have to do it - all I could do was make substitutions.

"The feeling was one of relief when the fourth goal went in.

"You could see the flags flying again and I'm happy for the supporters because there was still a celebration - I don't think they will ever forget this match."