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THE JOL VERDICT

Posted on 19 April 2006  - 12:00

Martin Jol looks back at the Easter programme which saw victory at Everton and an unfortunate home reverse to Manchester United...

Martin Jol looks back at the Easter programme which saw victory at Everton and an unfortunate home reverse to Manchester United...

IT COULD HAVE been the best weekend of the season. If you look back at the game against Everton I think we did well, but almost punished ourselves again by not scoring enough goals.

Our possession play was good, we created chances with Jermain Defoe, Robbie Keane, Jermaine Jenas and, later on, Danny Murphy. Against United it was completely different, we punished ourselves by making mistakes. When you have a corner kick your shape is the most important thing and sometimes we lack a bit of experience, which led to them scoring from our corner.

The second goal nobody could do anything about apart from Lee himself, but I can cope with that as we are one Club together.

In the first 20 minutes we played our best football since the first half against Arsenal at home but, if you play against a team like United, you need to score a couple of goals and we didn't do that.

In the second half we stood up and everybody made themselves accountable for getting a better result and I was happy with that. If you lose against United and see a lot of positives, I think it is not such a good thing. In future we need to beat teams like United at home and we might have beaten them without the mistakes.

We need to keep playing in the same manner and the pressure is on now. We can take the pressure and the striker's need to respond again, we made many chances against Everton and Manchester United without taking them.

I think it will take something extraordinary for Bolton to catch us now, but I don't want to focus on just European football now, I want to focus on fourth spot. Then we will get our reward anyway - one way or the other. We watched Bolton at West Brom and Blackburn against Liverpool and you do look at the games differently, I have to admit.

It is exciting times for us now.