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THE JOL VERDICT

Posted on 2 November 2005  - 12:00

As he prepares the lads for Monday's trip to Bolton, Martin Jol gives us his final thoughts on last weekend's big Derby...

As he prepares the lads for Monday's trip to Bolton, Martin Jol gives us his final thoughts on last weekend's big Derby...

THE FIRST half against Arsenal was excellent, almost as good as ever. I think it was still okay 15, 20 minutes into the second half and then after a few substitutions Arsenal came back into it.

Before that we had chances for Mido, Jermain Defoe and Jermaine Jenas and we should have finished them off. We could and should have scored more goals, so we're disappointed.

People said afterwards that we played well but I still think we should have won it

I asked the lads on Tuesday how they felt about it and they had the same feeling as me - disapointed we didn't win. Everyone can say 'okay, they didn't beat us' but on the day, at home, with our supporters, it was a great opportunity to get three points and that's the most important thing.

We also wanted to do something for the supporters and we couldn't do that in the end but I think we all saw a fine match.

Overall, I think we're doing well. When everyone is on the board or even if we have one or two missing, we still have a fine team. Edgar Davids was out but Teemu Tainio came in and did a good job, the strikers played well, Michael Carrick and Jermaine Jenas in midfield and at the back I think Arsenal had their first shot after about 65 minutes, so that says it all.