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THE JOL VERDICT

Posted on 14 February 2006  - 12:00

Back at Spurs Lodge and now preparing for Wigan, Martin Jol reflects on Sunday's 1-1 draw against Sunderland.

Back at Spurs Lodge and now preparing for Wigan, Martin Jol reflects on Sunday's 1-1 draw against Sunderland.

SUNDERLAND was very disappointing for us on Sunday. They had nothing to lose and we knew that before the game. They played with two big men up front but I felt we handled that well, the pitch didn’t help us but on the other hand we had the better players and had to create more.

We did okay, scored a good goal but we had to play better over the 90 minutes. We didn't hold the ball up, couldn't attack the space and I felt four or five players had good games but five or six didn’t deliver on this occasion.

I don’t think they looked too dangerous but as I said immediately afterwards, a 1-0 lead isn't enough and any team is capable of scoring a goal.

Sometimes we lack a bit of experience because at 1-0 up away from home with a few minutes to go you have to keep possession and seven or eight players behind the ball. If you can’t score a second goal you have to protect your lead.

I've said all along we’ll have our disappointments but we have to be strong as a team, get our points at home and I think we need two or three more wins away.

We are on 45 points now and last season we ended up with 52. We're still in the frame for European football and if we are strong enough mentally we are in with a big chance. There is a difficult programme coming up but I think we are capable of winning another six or seven games and that’s what we have to do.