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Martin's Valley vow

Posted on 16 March 2005  - 12:00

Tottenham Hotspur (Spurs) Football Club is located in North London. The club is also known as Spurs. Tottenham's home ground is White Hart Lane. The club motto is Audere est Facere (To dare is to do).

Martin Jol insists the team will have picked themselves up after the FA Cup exit and will be ready for the challenge of securing Premiership points against Charlton at the Valley tonight.

Of course, defeat to Newcastle was a bitter pill to swallow for all concerned, but this is where professionalism must kick-off and disappointment shaken off before a return to action.

"That is what we do," explained the Head Coach. "We were very disappointed on Sunday but, as a professional, you have to pick yourself and your teammates up. We have a very important game in hand against Charlton.

"It will be difficult this week because we have another big game against Manchester City on Saturday which makes it three matches in six days. They are big games and we shouldn't complain, maybe we will have to make a couple of changes to get everybody fresh again for Saturday."

Charlton are once again battling away high up the table and seeking a European place. Martin feels their team ethic continues to serve them well.

"Charlton are about a team, they understand that and we understand that. It is not about individuals.

"Their style suits them and they play with a lot of midfield players. It is difficult to play against them, they play a sort of 4-5-1 with two flank players, one striker and three central midfielders. It is a derby again, I was very happy to win the one against Fulham and hopefully we can do the same on Wednesday."

Martin was in charge for the reverse fixture earlier this season in November - although not officially appointed Head Coach - and he admits he will not forget in a hurry Charlton racing into a three-goal lead before the 50 minute mark.

"I still have nightmares over that game! They won 3-2 in the end and we could have had a draw, but everybody saw that we wanted to fight and battle.

"I don't think it will happen again because I like to play organised football in an attacking way and I think that suits the club. We are creating chances and, if we carry on doing the same, the ice will break and we will score goals."