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SECONDS OUT

Posted on 31 October 2005  - 12:00

Martin Jol felt we needed to capitalise on our fantastic first half display and bag a second goal before Arsenal clawed their way back for a draw in Saturday's derby.

Martin Jol felt we needed to capitalise on our fantastic first half display and bag a second goal before Arsenal clawed their way back for a draw in Saturday's derby.

Head Coach Martin described that first half as 'almost perfect' as we forged ahead via Ledley King's header. Michael Carrick crashed a shot inches wide, Jermaine Jenas saw his rasper well saved by Jens Lehmann and just failed to connect with Jermaine Defoe's cross right in front of goal.

Maintaining such a performance was always going to be a tall order and Arsenal came back into the game as the second half progressed.

Lehmann still had to make a crucial save from Defoe after 59 minutes before Robert Pires equalised with 76 minutes on the clock.

Martin reflected: "We dominated the first half and created chances"

I knew in the back of my mind we should have scored a second goal to kill them off

"We could have done that but we didn't and you always know with their quality up front that they are capable of getting a goal.

"In the second half you saw a slightly different Arsenal and slightly different Tottenham.

"There was a bit more space between midfield and their two attacking players.

"In the first half we did well and pressurised them as a team and I was very pleased with my midfield - Carrick, Jenas and Tainio, he had to play on the left but did very well.

"We didn't give away many chances in the first half, just a half-chance to Ljungberg and it went well, we had a good plan and it worked. The second half was a bit different. After the game we had to settle for a draw and I can live with that."