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SIX APPEAL

Posted on 21 September 2007  - 12:00

It was positives all the way for Martin Jol after our 6-1 demolition of Anorthosis Famagusta in the UEFA Cup first round, first leg at the Lane on Thursday night.

It was positives all the way for Martin Jol after our 6-1 demolition of Anorthosis Famagusta in the UEFA Cup first round, first leg at the Lane on Thursday night.

Younes Kaboul started the ball rolling with a goal inside five minutes before Michael Dawson, Robbie Keane and Darren Bent scored within minutes of each other to make it a resounding 4-0 at the break.

Jermain Defoe then stole the show in the second half with a sweet double-strike - a clever chip over the keeper from 20 yards before a powerfully-struck curler into the top corner to complete the scoring in injury time. The only slight disappointment was Famagusta's goal, but it should prove immaterial.

"I told the players after the draw was made that we were pretty happy but you never know, you still have to do it," reflected Martin.

"You have to score your goals and not concede - that was the only annoying thing, to concede that goal.

"On the other hand, there were only positives out there. Benoit Assou-Ekotto had a very good game, his first game for a while, Aaron Lennon started for the first time this season and all my strikers scored.

"I had a fellow on the bench and it was typical for him to come on and score like that - that was all about his eagerness.

"Jermain made an impact and that's what I had in mind, that's why I put him on.

"The strikers have to make the difference and if they do that, there is no problem at all. Robbie Keane could have scored three, Darren Bent scored his goal and Berbatov was on the bench.

"If they can push each other and prove themselves all the time then they'll make it difficult for me, but there are no guarantees for any player. I look at each game seperately."