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The Jol verdict

Posted on 14 December 2005  - 12:00

Back at Spurs Lodge, Martin Jol gives his reflections on Monday night's 3-1 victory against Portsmouth in the Premiership...

Back at Spurs Lodge, Martin Jol gives his reflections on Monday night's 3-1 victory against Portsmouth in the Premiership...

IT'S ALWAYS difficult to cope with going behind like did against Sunderland and now Portsmouth on Monday because we had all the possession and looked aggressive. We had three chances in the first 15, 20 minutes, a couple of decisions didn't go our way and then suddenly we were 1-0 down.

I was very disappointed when we went behind and it was exactly the same as happened against Sunderland. We were better than them, waiting for a goal and then they scored.

You never know what will happen but we dug in and showed a great mentality.

That's one of the reasons we brought in the likes of Teemu Tainio, Edgar Davids, Paul Stalteri and Young-Pyo Lee - they are used to playing in good teams and winning things. That is what we gained when they came to our Club.

Maybe we were a bit lucky with the penalty but when you look at it again you can see he lifts his arm a bit when he jumps up. Sometimes you get a decision for you, sometimes you don't, like in the first half. It wasn't easy because we'd missed a couple of penalties and when Mido grabbed the ball I thought to myself perhaps Jermain Defoe should have it, but he missed against Villa. Anyway, everyone was happy in the end.

We showed we have a good attitude and we have matched everyone in terms of effort. We ran our socks off against Portsmouth and we have to do that because we have to win, especially for our home crowd.

I was pleased with Wayne Routledge coming back. Maybe it was a bit harsh to take him off in the second half but you have to do what you have to do - perhaps we were a bit lucky with Andy Reid and the free-kick. Wayne's a great talent and he will be back.

We have to do well and everyone expects us to do well and that's not an easy combination - build a team, get resuts and have young players but I think we are one of the few clubs doing that. I hope we can make progress every week but it's not easy as the games against Wigan, Sunderland and Portsmouth have showed us.