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THE JOL VERDICT

Posted on 3 May 2006  - 12:00

Back at Spurs Lodge and preparing for West Ham, Martin Jol offers his final, reflective views on the 1-0 win against Bolton.

Back at Spurs Lodge and preparing for West Ham, Martin Jol offers his final, reflective views on the 1-0 win against Bolton.

WE WERE concerned in the first half because Bolton are strong and everything they do is with a purpose, even throw-ins are dangerous.

When you play a team like that you have to pressurise the ball and we couldn't do that in midfield.

We knew we needed a result and we said at half-time that even if it was an ugly 1-0, we needed that win. We always want to play well, that's our intention, but sometimes you can't do that.

At half-time we knew the reasons why we couldn't play well. We needed more pressure on Campo so I made the decision to let Teemu Tainio play higher up the pitch and Danny Murphy dropped off a bit. Robbie Keane had to do a job in the hole in the first half but couldn't because Campo was pushing on in midfield and you can't sacrifice a striker like that. Then we lost Robbie with an ankle injury at half-time.

We needed to make changes and we did that but we still had a problem with Bolton's physical strength, you have to be strong physically. That's about the English game. We managed to overcome that and take the three points.

Aaron Lennon gave us something out of nothing and scored his goal and that is why he's playing, he can do something like that, he's so skilful.

We still had to defend after we went 1-0 up and Michael Dawson and Anthony Gardner did a very good job. It was a big result for us.

In the end it was a dream scenario - a good result in our final home match of the season and the crowd was unbelievable.

After the match it was very nice, everyone went on the pitch, all the fans stayed in the stadium and that tells you about our fans and the players as well. We are all in the same boat, we need the fans behind us and that's what they've done all season.