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MARTIN'S PRAISE

Posted on 17 March 2007  - 12:00

Martin Jol paid tribute to the lads for moving into sixth in the Premiership after the 3-1 win against Watford as we continue to fight for cup glory on two fronts.

Martin Jol paid tribute to the lads for moving into sixth in the Premiership after the 3-1 win against Watford as we continue to fight for cup glory on two fronts.Saturday's encounter came between the UEFA Cup Round of 16 second leg win against SC Braga on Wednesday and this Monday's (March 19) FA Cup quarter-final replay against Chelsea at the Lane.

Martin made six changes to the line-up that started against SC Braga with Paul Robinson and Jermaine Jenas back from injury and the attacking trio of Aaron Lennon, Robbie Keane and Dimitar Berbatov all on the bench.

It proved a tough afternoon against a Watford side fighting for every scrap but once JJ headed home Pascal Chimbonda's cross just before half-time, we looked the only likely winners.

Incredibly, Robbo found the net from fully 80 yards, his free-kick bouncing over Ben Foster and home, to double the advantage and Hossam Ghaly started and finished the move to put the issue beyond doubt with the third goal. Darius Henderson tapped home from close range for a Watford consolation.

"We've played five matches in 13 days and now have our sixth in 15 against Chelsea on Monday," said Martin.

"It's not an ideal scenario but we've won seven of our last eight games with one draw and we could have beaten Chelsea last weekend, so we are on a great run.

"I think people realise that we are a big club that wants to do things. How many times does a club outside the top four do well in all competitions and still do well in the league? Hopefully people realise now how well we've done, we are in the top sixth today (Saturday) and have to wait for the result between Everton and Arsenal, but I can tell you it's not easy to play all these games, play in all the cups and still compete and challenge."



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