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LENNON ON SONG

Posted on 9 December 2006  - 12:00

Martin Jol was happy to sing the praises of Aaron Lennon after the flying winger set up three goals in the 5-1 win against Charlton.

Martin Jol was happy to sing the praises of Aaron Lennon after the flying winger set up three goals in the 5-1 win against Charlton.

Aaron dinked a lovely pass through for Dimitar Berbatov to open the scoring and provided the cross headed out for Teemu Tainio to drive in the second as we went in 2-1 up.

Dimitar nodded down for Steed Malbranque to volley the third goal in the second half before Aaron won a 50-50 tackle in midfield and the ball flew straight to Jermain Defoe, who slammed home number four. It was left for Dimitar to complete the scoring after 66 minutes.

However, it wasn't until Aaron came off his right wing that he started having more of an effect on the game, as Martin explained.

"Charlton started well, played with two up front and one in the hole and that gave us a bit of a problem, but after 20 minutes we changed a few things and that meant we could overload them at the back and create more.

"We switched Aaron Lennon to behind our strikers to match them up and we looked dangerous.

"I thought Aaron was very good. He started on the flank and we couldn't get the ball to him but he can play on the left, in the hole or on the right and he was able to put them under pressure with his dribbling.

"He can play almost everywhere and vary his game - popping up on the left, on the right, he could even develop as a second striker. If you have a wing player like him in the game, it's a big plus."