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THE JOL VERDICT

Posted on 30 November 2005  - 12:00

Back at Spurs Lodge, Martin Jol took time out from preparations for Sunderland to reflect on Saturday's fine win at Wigan...

Back at Spurs Lodge, Martin Jol took time out from preparations for Sunderland to reflect on Saturday's fine win at Wigan...

BEFORE THE game we had a good feeling - there was a determination to do well. Everyone knew we needed a result. Although you could say we've had a difficult programme and we managed draws against United and Arsenal, we needed points. We lost against Bolton - even though I thought we should have done better there - and that was our only loss of late. We wanted to leave it like that.

Wigan is a very tough match and you know how they play. I think we did very well. Okay, maybe we didn't play as well as we could have done but everyone worked unbelievably hard and we took a big step.

We had a team meeting on Monday and talked about things we can improve on and we will do that.

We looked like a team and you need that - everyone must be aggressive and win their battles and we did that

Everyone said the defender made a mistake for the first goal but we've conceded six goals away and four of them must have been mistakes. I thought Robbie Keane did well and he's someone who can punish opponents when they make a mistake, it's that extra quality. Jermain Defoe is the same.

I thought Mido worked hard and Edgar Davids showed that we can score from midfield, Jermaine Jenas has done it as well. When you are 32 and have played all over Europe, won all the silverware and you are still so happy to score a goal for your club - that's what you want. He wants to win, he wanted to come to this club and when he scored his first goal, he was as happy as a kid who had just scored his first goal.

I think we can be satisfied. We've had a tough start to the season against a lot of the top clubs and I think we've come through well. I think at this stage last season we had 13 points, now we have 24. But we still want to do better.