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The Jol verdict

Posted on 24 November 2004  - 12:00

Tottenham Hotspur (Spurs) Football Club is located in North London. The club is also known as Spurs. Tottenham's home ground is White Hart Lane. The club motto is Audere est Facere (To dare is to do).

Martin Jol stressed he's looking for a 'top mentality' from the players after a decent performance but ultimately disappointing defeat at Aston Villa.

Nolberto Solano's piece of individual skill to volley home Villa's winner on Monday night would have delighted most neutrals watching on television but left the coaching staff scratching their heads.

But Head Coach Martin had to take some positives out of what was our sixth straight Barclays Premiership defeat with chances created and Jermain Defoe denied a penalty in the second half.

Reflecting back at Spurs Lodge on Tuesday, Martin said: "For an away game it was a decent performance but that doesn't count because we need a result and a result would have been a draw.

"If you let a corner in with six big players in the side like we had at Villa it's not what I would call a lack of mentality, but it's not the top mentality I want.

"If you want to be a top club, you need a top mentality. You have to do everything to stop a player like Solano getting a goal with two or three touches.

"We have to work on that but that's one of the problems. I want a settled team, good habits and if you do that and the confidence is there, you can go forward.

"People have to remember that we've lost against Manchester United, a top club, Arsenal, another top club, Bolton and Villa, both in the top seven, so it hasn't been an easy programme.

"With the difficulties we've had with the Head Coach leaving and having to start again, I think we've played well enough and I believe we will start getting results in the near future."