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THE JOL VERDICT

Posted on 18 January 2006  - 12:00

Preparations are well underway for Saturday's clash against Aston Villa but Martin Jol took time out at Spurs Lodge to give his final thoughts on the 1-0 loss at Liverpool...

Preparations are well underway for Saturday's clash against Aston Villa but Martin Jol took time out at Spurs Lodge to give his final thoughts on the 1-0 loss at Liverpool...

YOU CAN look at the game at Anfield in different ways. You can say it was a confident performance but I feel we didn't attack the space and penetrate enough and yet we still had three good chances.

On the other hand Liverpool didn't play awfully well. They needed a goal and it was a bit of a mistake, bad positioning from us at the back post because it was a cross and everyone was there but they still scored. People said it was a beautiful goal and of course it was but I feel we could have got something out of that game.

Okay, you can say we played at Liverpool and it's always difficult but we've had four draws against them in the last 16, 17 months.

We said before the game if we really want to do something we have to win there, not even draw, because we had a good team out and it was a top match for us.

After Saturday perhaps we realise we need to do a bit more to win games like that but I believe we'll be capable of doing it in the future.

The positives are that we didn't give away a lot. There were a couple of crosses from the right side where we didn't pressurise them and they had possibilities with Crouch and Morientes when he hit the crossbar. For the rest of the game we closed them down and restricted Alonso, their playmaker, and Gerrard only had two situations with Lee.

I think Liverpool were quiet and the crowd was quiet and that's what you want. I've played at Anfield and you want to keep the crowd quiet because if you silence them you are playing well.

We played a decent game but overall I was disappointed.

I had a good feeling before the game because we had a good team out. At Leicester we had a few players missing and a lot of teams had problems but against Liverpool we had one of our best teams out of late so to lose was a disappointment.

We thought it would be our day but it wasn't to be. We did well but not well enough to win a game against the European Champions and that means we have to do better.