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LATE BLUES FOR JOL

Posted on 11 March 2007  - 12:00

Martin Jol said he was determined to push on for a fourth goal in Sunday's FA Cup thriller at Chelsea until he was forced into a tactical switch with 25 minutes left.

Martin Jol said he was determined to push on for a fourth goal in Sunday's FA Cup thriller at Chelsea until he was forced into a tactical switch with 25 minutes left.

Dimitar Berbatov was forced off with a groin problem after 65 minutes and Martin reverted to a 4-4-2 system from the 4-3-3 that had looked dangerous all afternoon, Aaron Lennon a constant threat playing behind the front two of Berbatov and Jermain Defoe. Chelsea started to push us back and goals from Frank Lampard, his second, and Salomon Kalou took it from 3-1 to a 3-3 final score.

Berbatov handed us the ideal start in the quarter-final after just five minutes and although Lampard levelled, we looked dangerous going forward and that was reflected with two more goals - an own goal and Hossam Ghaly's solo effort - to take us into a 3-1 lead at the interval.

We weathered Chelsea's early storm in the second half and could have gone 4-1 up but for a fine save from Petr Cech to deny Lennon.

Chelsea finally responded after 70 minutes through Lampard and Kalou broke all Spurs hearts with four minutes left, volleying home Didier Drogba's knock down to take us back to the Lane for a replay on Monday week, March 19.

"We were confident before the game and it looked a terrific prospect for us at half-time, we really wanted to do it," reflected Martin at Stamford Bridge.

"On the other hand, Chelsea are a great team and we knew they would pressurise us in the second half, but even when they played with three strikers we left it because we wanted a fourth goal.

"It almost came off because we had a one-on-one with the keeper, a penalty decision for handball that looked like a penalty and then Jermain Defoe hit the bar late on.

"We were a bit unfortunate because Dimitar Berbatov said at half-time that he had a problem with his groin. I asked him to play another 10, 15 minutes but I couldn’t take a risk with him.

"We had some tired legs at the end because we played on Sunday at West Ham and then Braga on Thursday, otherwise I was confident we could have beaten them."

As for Berbatov, Martin told reporters that the injury would be assessed further before any decisions were made regarding Wednesday night's UEFA Cup Round of 16 second leg against SC Braga at the Lane.




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