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THE JOL VERDICT

Posted on 7 December 2005  - 12:00

Martin Jol offers his final reflections on Saturday's thrilling 3-2 victory against Sunderland at the Lane...

Martin Jol offers his final reflections on Saturday's thrilling 3-2 victory against Sunderland at the Lane...

SUNDERLAND was a tough game because they scored two goals - we scored three goals and missed a penalty and you might think in hindsight it was an easy game but it was tough.

They were ambitious and are trying to get out of the relegation zone. They are fighting for their lives and their manager geared them up. They were very motivated.

Their first strike at goal was the free-kick that they scored from and their first strike in the second half was the second goal and they were still in the game.

They played with a sweeper and a holding midfield player and that's always very difficult to break down.

The best way to do it is over the flanks and maybe the formation with Teemu Tainio and Jermaine Jenas was not one where we could attack them

Having said that, we still had Paul Stalteri on the right and Youg-Pyo Lee on the left. but if you have full-backs who can attack it's important not to just focus on them because you can ask too much of them.

I can't say we did things wrong against Sunderland. The only thing you can say is we tried everything. We attacked them and left some space at 2-2 but that was a risk we took because we wanted three points - sometimes you have to gamble throwing away one point to win three.

We have scored goals from midfield lately but we had to do that. If we hadn't we wouldn't be in the position we are in the league and we have to do it in the future to stay there. If we don't we will have a problem. You have to be ambitious and try to score goals and Edgar has done that, Jermaine has done that and now Michael Carrick.