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MARTIN'S MISSION

Posted on 21 August 2006  - 12:00

Martin Jol is determined to 'show what we're capable of' when we step back out at the Lane in the Premiership against Sheffield United on Tuesday night.

Martin Jol is determined to 'show what we're capable of' when we step back out at the Lane in the Premiership against Sheffield United on Tuesday night.

The league campaign kicked-off in disappointing fashion for us with a 2-0 reverse in the opener at Bolton on Saturday when the home side got off to a flyer with both goals inside the first 13 minutes.

Meanwhile, the Blades celebrated their return to the top flight after promotion last term by earning a point in a 1-1 draw against highly-fancied Liverpool at Bramall Lane.

“It's an important game for us, it would be anyway but even more so after the defeat against Bolton,” insisted boss Martin at Spurs Lodge on Monday. “We're back at home, hopefully we won't concede two goals in the first part of the match and we'll play our own game. You will then see a different Tottenham.

“The first goal at Bolton was so disappointing – it was a foul on Calum Davenport but things like that can happen in football.

“This is a home game, we're back at the Lane with the crowd behind us and hopefully we'll get three points on the board. We know it will be another tough test though."

It was suggested that Sheffield United might provide a similar test to Bolton with their all-action style, although Martin begged to differ. “Sheffield are a bit different to Bolton,” he said.

“They play with Webber on the flank, Tonge, Armstrong on the left who plays infield, Ifill, Jagielka – they have really neat ball players in there. However, they will probably play in the same system as Bolton so in that respect they will be similar.”