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THE JOL VERDICT

Posted on 19 September 2006  - 12:00

Back at Spurs Lodge and preparing for Liverpool, Martin Jol offers his final thoughts on the goalless draw against Fulham.

Back at Spurs Lodge and preparing for Liverpool, Martin Jol offers his final thoughts on the goalless draw against Fulham.

YOU COULD say Fulham was disappointing but I have a different view.

I felt it was very, very hard for the lads to play a third game in a week and I knew we had to score an early goal. We talked about that before the game and had our plan but it's not easy.

You have to keep a clean sheet, we dd that and we worked ever so hard, we had 65 per cent of the possession, which is a lot, but we needed more imagination. We need to find a way to link up better, to find a way to break teams down. It was the same last season when Aaron Lennon wasn't there - we needed to find a way and did find a way, but it wasn't easy.

I feel the defence is doing better than ever, even against Fulham when we were pushing forward and you are open to counter-attacks.

You have to win your games at home and we tried everything. We opened up, took a gamble and Fulham had a couple of half-chances. It could have gone like it did against Everton and we didn't want that.

It's one point and I can live with it because I knew it wasn't going to be easy for us. Fulham had a week's rest, we played in Prague and I have to compliment the players, they kept going, kept digging in, kept winning the ball back.

We had 13 shots, eight off target, six blocked - it's a fine line between success and failure and I think our supporters recognised that we worked hard but they were disappointed with the result, I'm disappointed as well.

Expectations are so high and maybe the result is the most important thing over the next couple of weeks but we know if we play our football, especially with our support behind us at White Hart Lane, that we will win games.