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THE JOL VERDICT

Posted on 7 November 2006  - 12:00

As Martin Jol turns his attentions immediately to Port Vale in the Carling Cup, here are his final thoughts on Sunday's Premiership victory over Chelsea.

As Martin Jol turns his attentions immediately to Port Vale in the Carling Cup, here are his final thoughts on Sunday's Premiership victory over Chelsea.

IT WAS a big week for us. Everyone knows Chelsea are a strong team and we hadn't beaten them for years, we needed the points and we had nothing to lose.

We didn't start very well, went behind but showed resilience and character. We showed that plenty of times last season but this is a different team, different players and we want the same habits - that is exactly what we showed.

After we went 1-0 down Chelsea had the initiative and they had a spare man in midfield as well, so we changed things around. The lads pulled up their sleeves and said collectively ' we need to get a result today'. The crowd was terrific and we came back and showed real quality as well.

The only disappointing thing was that we couldn't pressurise the ball when they went down to 10 men but it was so hectic out there and they tried to overload us with four or five players up front. Drogba always looked a threat, Kalou and Robben can beat one or two players and they were dangerous to the final whistle.

In the end, I was a happy man and when you think back to the likes of Portsmouth, Besiktas, West Ham, Club Brugge and now Chelsea, it's been a great few weeks.

Success and failure is such a fine line, everyone knows that. We had to beat West Ham, we had to beat Club Brugge and Chelsea was a bit different but for ourselves, we had to win this game as well. We didn't start well but we showed great character, especially having played on Thursday. I was very proud afterwards.