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NO BLUES FOR JOL

Posted on 22 July 2006  - 12:00

Martin Jol declared himself more than satisfied with our 2-0 friendly win against Birmingham City.

Martin Jol declared himself more than satisfied with our 2-0 friendly win against Birmingham City.

It was just about a perfect day for the boss with striker Dimitar Berbatov spectacularly opening his pre-season account with both goals in the first half, more game time for Robbie Keane after his neck injury, Wayne Routledge impressing again in an unfamiliar position, Hossam Ghaly setting up both goals, a number of players completing 90 minutes and a clean sheet.

The victory courtesy of Dimitar's double after 12 and 14 minutes - the second a quite stunning volley - made it four friendly wins in four so far after beating Bordeaux, Nice and Celta Vigo in France last week.

Martin commented: "I thought it was a good work out. We used all the players and went with a different shape because I thought it was more important for Robbie Keane to play with Jermain and Berbatov because he missed a couple of games in France. He did well for us in midfield.

"Berbatov scored two terrific goals and I'm happy for him because he didn't score in France.

"It's a long time since I saw a goal like that (Berbatov's second) from the edge of the box and he's the type of guy who can do that.

"It won't be easy for him to cope with the English game but he's so talented and we brought him because we knew that.

"Wayne Routledge did well again, Hossam did well and he's another very talented player although I felt we were a little sloppy sometimes.

"Marton Fulop did well against Nice and that's why he played in goal, he deserved another chance. Overall it was a good afternoon for us."