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THE JOL VERDICT

Posted on 14 March 2006  - 12:00

Back at Spurs Lodge, Martin Jol gives his final, reflective thoughts on the 2-1 defeat at Chelsea.

Back at Spurs Lodge, Martin Jol gives his final, reflective thoughts on the 2-1 defeat at Chelsea.

A point would have been terrific at Chelsea. Charlton are the only team to do that this season but I felt we did enough to deserve a draw. In the end it was very disappointing.

I thought in the first half we didn’t have enough flair but we still played well in the first 15 minutes.

We gave them space a couple of times from our own corner kicks – you know Chelsea want to hit you on the break and they are very good at it, they keep two men up and if you give Cech the chance to catch it you can make it easier for them.

I thought Joe Cole did well for Chelsea moving in from the left wing and Gallas would then push up but that was the only problem we had. In the second half we coped with that and I didn't think we had any real problems. In fact the only real problem we had was when Michael Dawson misjudged a header for Drogba but Paul Robinson saved well and that's why he’s there.

I can’t say they had lots of chances and overwhelmed us because I think we did well. In fact, after we equalised, I felt we could have nicked it in the second half.

I thought about changing something and maybe I could have brought Lennon on but I thought a point would have been a good result.

We then made a mistake and that's not about team play, it's about individual mistakes - the same thing happened against West Ham, Fulham and Sunderland. At times you have to be cynical and get the ball away into the opponent's half and perhaps keep it there.

We are still on 49 points and we’re still in with a chance.

Birmingham are next for us and they are fighting for their lives - but we are also fighting for our lives and we will do everything in our capabilities to get the points.