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THE JOL VERDICT

Posted on 23 November 2005  - 12:00

Martin Jol looks back on the last-gasp pain of the very late leveller suffered against West Ham and ahead to Wigan next time out...

Martin Jol looks back on the last-gasp pain of the very late leveller suffered against West Ham and ahead to Wigan next time out...

WE WERE AND are very disappointed with the conceding of the late goal against West Ham on Sunday, but maybe you sometimes get what you deserve if you only score one goal. We should have scored more but they were always eager, ambitious and kept on digging in.

They only had one really big chance before the goal with Sheringham and when you get to the last couple of minutes you have to kill them off. Not only by scoring a goal, but by being professional, keeping the ball in the corners and not giving it away. When you give away a corner kick in the final seconds you always know it can be dangerous - which it turned out to be.

Doing the right thing comes with experience which you can't teach but you can talk about it. You need that mental toughness in you to defend late set pieces when you are leading by just a goal. One of the things I thought after the game is that we have to take it on the chin and become a better team.

In the first half I thought we did a decent job and scored the goal. We need to punish teams and score a second, be more decisive in the final third and be more creative.

We knew we had to score a second goal and that was the message at half-time

We were a bit unfortunate with the chance from Jermaine Jenas going wide by only a couple of inches, but we have to force our luck. We did have chances and, if you look at the game, I don't think Shaka Hislop had to make a lot of saves. It is something we have to do better at.

We travel to Wigan next and I think they have taken everyone by surprise by going on such a good run and winning nearly all of their games. They have lost against Chelsea and Arsenal and still made it difficult for them. It is a very tough game we have to play on Saturday.

Wigan are a good side, they have come up from the Championship and are mentally very strong. I think they have conceded only eight goals and up front they have strong players with Camara, who is quick. Wigan work unbelievably hard and are a good side.

That doesn't mean a lot on its own, you have to win your games as well and that is what they have done.