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The Jol verdict

Posted on 26 April 2005  - 12:00

Tottenham Hotspur (Spurs) Football Club is located in North London. The club is also known as Spurs. Tottenham's home ground is White Hart Lane. The club motto is Audere est Facere (To dare is to do).

Back at Spurs Lodge, Head Coach Martin Jol takes a reflective view of Monday night's events at Highbury...

I'VE MIXED feelings about Highbury. Of course I'm disappointed because even though it was Arsenal and even though it was an away match, we could have done better with a bit more conviction.

On the other hand - and these are the mixed feelings - they scored, it was just on the edge of offside and they had two chances in the first 70 minutes. I don't think Paul Robinson had a save to make in that time, so we did well. When you see their movement and passing, it was a bit better but they've been together four or five years. I'm convinced we'll do the same.

Everyone tells us, even Wenger, that we are a good team, that we play well and pass it and I think he's right. But we still need more conviction down the flanks and up front. Those are the mixed feelings I have. You can play hide and seek and say they are such a good team and if someone gives you good compliments like that you have a better feeling but to be honest I haven't because I would like us to be as good as them.

I was disappointed for the supporters because they are desperate to do something against Arsenal and I can promise we will in the future. I just want to do it now and it's not always possible. At least everything is still in our own hands.