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THE JOL VERDICT

Posted on 16 January 2007  - 12:00

Back at Spurs Lodge and preparing for Cardiff on Wednesday, Martin Jol gave us his final thoughts on Sunday's 3-2 defeat against Newcastle United.

Back at Spurs Lodge and preparing for Cardiff on Wednesday, Martin Jol gave us his final thoughts on Sunday's 3-2 defeat against Newcastle United.

WE WERE stronger than Newcastle and most of the time we would have finished them off. If you have seven, eight, nine chances and 23 efforts on goal, you should score three, four or five goals but even if that isn't happening, you should still win a game like that.

I know my team and if we go for a third or fourth goal, it's a positive thing and I like that. But if six or seven players are going forward and are ahead of the ball, you have to tell each other to leave cover for the defence. Organisation and shape are important.

I can't remember many times when we've given the lead away, Reading comes to mind. I don't want to concede one goal at home, let alone three. It's something we have to improve on.

We had so many chances and I was very pleased in the first 20 minutes, I can't remember creating so many chances. Then again, it's about converting those chances.

I like good football, I like to attack but I also like shape and organisation, mental and physical strength. We are still in all four competitions but sometimes we let ourselves down. It's about learning and learning quickly. We had a good team out - Aaron Lennon gave us that sparkle, Steed Malbranque, Dimitar Berbatov, I thought Jermain Defoe had his best game for Spurs since I've been here. You shouldn’t have all those ingredients and still lose and that was about us, not Newcastle.