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JOL'S PRIDE

Posted on 5 November 2006  - 12:00

Martin Jol was a proud man after Sunday's fantastic 2-1 victory over champions Chelsea in the Premiership at White Hart Lane.

Martin Jol was a proud man after Sunday's fantastic 2-1 victory over champions Chelsea in the Premiership at White Hart Lane.

Michael Dawson's first competitive goal for us levelled Claude Makelele's opener in the first half of this highly-competitive encounter. Aaron Lennon netted the winner in the second half after Robbie Keane had left Khalid Boulahrouz in a spin down the left and crossed for the winger to turn inside Ashley Cole and fire home.

John Terry was sent off for a second yellow card but, as expected, Chelsea pushed forward in search of an equaliser and it was hearts in mouths time when Arjen Robben curled onto the post with five minutes remaining.

The final whistle was met with jubilation from 30,000-plus home fans and that Chelsea record had finally been put to bed.

"I feel it's been a great week for us," reflected Martin. "We won in Europe to get six points in the group and then beat the champions.

"People have said we've never beaten a top side and that's been a bit annoying but now we've done that and, apart from the first 25 minutes, I think it was a great performance.

"Chelsea scored and then we woke up. We had nothing to lose, kept possession and got them on the break a couple of times. We said before the game that we had to be brave and had to play with confidence and I think we did that in the second half.

"It was a great atmosphere and I'm very happy for the fans."