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THE JOL VERDICT

Posted on 24 October 2006  - 12:00

Back at Spurs Lodge and preparing for MK Dons in the Carling Cup on Wednesday night, Martin Jol gives his final thoughts on Sunday's 1-0 win against West Ham.

Back at Spurs Lodge and preparing for MK Dons in the Carling Cup on Wednesday night, Martin Jol gives his final thoughts on Sunday's 1-0 win against West Ham.

SUNDAY could have been a problem because West Ham are struggling near the bottom of the league, they are our rivals and they were motivated for this game. Last season was difficult for us against them, they scored in the last seconds to get a draw at White Hart Lane and then we missed out on the Champions League at Upton Park, but at least we still qualified for European football with fifth place.

They have a very good squad and world-class players in Tevez and Mascherano and I'm sure they had the intention to take the three points. The good thing is that we didn't give them the chance to.

We were up for it, concentrated, motivated and everyone knew it wouldn't be easy to play a third game in a week again but we showed great character. We had been out to Turkey and that was a little worry but if you saw the lads they only wanted one thing and that was to win. My only complaint was that we didn't score a second goal because that can make it difficult.

We had one day to prepare for West Ham but we've had the boys together, we've played together, we've had a couple of good training sessions and the shape of the team is fine. The same players just about played against Aston Villa and Besiktas and on Friday I decided to play the same back four against West Ham, to make one change in midfield and sometimes you have to rest one or two players. Dimitar Berbatov had played four games in 10 days, so he needed a rest but it's still a little gamble because if Mido hadn't scored, it wouldn't have paid off.

Now we can look forward. It's tough because there are a lot of games coming up but everyone is enjoying it, we're five games unbeaten and that's what you want.