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THE JOL VERDICT

Posted on 14 August 2007  - 12:00

Martin Jol looks back on the opening day setback at Sunderland and ahead to our first home game of the Premier League campaign against Everton...

Martin Jol looks back on the opening day setback at Sunderland and ahead to our first home game of the Premier League campaign against Everton...IT WAS A poor performance from us up at Sunderland on Saturday but, while I wouldn't have been pleased with a 0-0, it was the most we could have hoped for because we didn't play well enough, simple as that.

I don't think we did a lot of things right with our build-up and possession play - we looked like we were just playing a big possession game with no purpose.

Our strength is playing the ball three or four times before pushing forward in a very quick transition. We've got the players for this but we came up short at the Stadium of Light.

To lose a point in the final seconds is hard to take and I feel especially sorry for our supporters who made the long trip in their thousands and backed the team throughout.

You don't win anything on the first day though, but it was a bad start and we were desperate for a good one. Before the game we were all extremely motivated and you could feel that in the dressing room - we know what a big occasion the first game of a new season is.

You can't ask for 120 per cent, but you can ask for the last ten per cent. I felt they had that and we didn't. Each and every one of the players was angry with the performance and must use this as a motivating force next time out.

We want a big reaction against Everton. It will be more or less the same set of players and they have to stand up and be counted. It was a big kick in the teeth, but we have to bounce back and make sure it is us landing the blows next time.

We are playing at home and the fans will know how important it is for us to get the three points before we are back at the Lane again to take on Derby County. A good start is still possible for us, although three points on the opening day would have been a whole lot better.

Beating Everton will be a big task because they are a strong side as we saw last season. I feel with the support of our crowd we have to do well. It was a bad day at the office for us on Saturday against Sunderland and it mustn't happen again.

We have to put it right and show everybody what we are capable of.

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