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RHYTHM AND BLUES

Posted on 19 February 2006  - 12:00

Martin Jol said we struggled to find any rhythm against a tenacious Wigan side after our 2-2 draw in the Premiership on Sunday.

Martin Jol said we struggled to find any rhythm against a tenacious Wigan side after our 2-2 draw in the Premiership on Sunday.

Paul Jewell's men underlined just why they are in the shake-up for European places by taking the lead twice at the Lane.

To our credit, we came back from those blows with Mido and Jermain Defoe on target but we couldn't mount the constant pressure required to get our noses in front.

"We couldn't get into any rhythm and that was about Wigan as well because they pressed us all over the park," reflected Martin.

"We couldn't play in midfield and if you look at the service - free-kicks and corners - it was below our usual standard.

"Maybe we lacked a bit of flank play on the left and we couldn't get the ball to Aaron Lennon on the right, so I switched him and Danny Murphy in the second half and then Wigan scored.

"We bounced back twice with Mido and Jermain Defoe and those were the positives."

The negative on a frustrating afternoon for Martin was Wigan's first goal - scorer Johansson looked borderline offside but Henri Camara, just a few feet away from the goalscorer, was yards off when the ball was played.

"They say it's a new rule but if you are behind the defensive players you are offside," he added. "In Europe there won't be many linesmen giving that as a goal. Camara was offside.

"You can't tell defenders to keep a high line and defend well if they give goals like that, so it was a bit unfortunate."

He added: "We can live with this draw. We came back, so we have to take the positives out of the game."