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SAINT MICHAEL

Posted on 6 February 2006  - 12:00

Martin Jol heaped praise on Michael Carrick after the midfielder's performance against Charlton on Sunday.

Martin Jol heaped praise on Michael Carrick after the midfielder's performance against Charlton on Sunday.The Head Coach said the England international 'led by example' in the absence of Edgar Davids and following the early departure of Teemu Tainio as we ran out 3-1 winners in the Premiership clash at the Lane.

"I think he kept us in the game," reflected Martin. "We had four players out, big players and then had to make a couple of substitutions and it was difficult.

"For instance, Johnnie Jackson had to play his first game for us in almost 18 months and Tom Huddlestone came on for only his second game.

"At times tactically you are not 100 per cent and we dropped off too far, but Michael led by example.

"He told everyone to keep the ball and it was almost overwhelming, second to none. He never hides, always takes the initiative, always plays. He did that again."