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THE JOL VERDICT

Posted on 30 August 2006  - 12:00

Our regular, reflective view of the weekend's action as Martin Jol gives his final thoughts on the reverse against Everton.

Our regular, reflective view of the weekend's action as Martin Jol gives his final thoughts on the reverse against Everton.

EVERTON was very disappointing. We played against 10 men, we didn't pin them down in their own half and we couldn't take advantage of the extra player. If you don't do that, you don't see the difference between 10 and 11 men.

The important thing against 10 men is not to give away free-kicks and corners, because that is their best opportunity to get to goal but we did that and that is where the first goal came from.

Everton had more ambition after that and we couldn't get the ball into the front men as we wanted. Teams like Bolton and Everton have specific qualities – Everton left Beattie out and more teams will do that against us, try to drop off, score a goal and make it difficult for us.

If we'd managed to keep a clean sheet and it had stayed 0-0 it would still have been disappointing, but we would have a point.

I think we will improve. I believe we have the talent but we are still a team that hasn't played together for a long time. We had two weeks together in pre-season and then the international players came in. We are not a settled team yet and sometimes you have to take it on the chin. These things can happen in football.

If you do well, everyone celebrates and pats you on the shoulder. If the expectation levels are so high – and they are – people will get more disappointments. Our spirit will get us through.