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THE JOL VERDICT

Posted on 10 January 2006  - 12:00

Back at Spurs Lodge and preparing for Newcastle on New Year's Eve, Martin Jol gives us his final reflections on the loss at West Brom.

Back at Spurs Lodge and preparing for Newcastle on New Year's Eve, Martin Jol gives us his final reflections on the loss at West Brom.

LOOKING BACK, I don’t think we played that badly in the second half at West Brom. They were more aggressive in the first half and won the second ball all the time but the only problem was the long ball to Kanu in the corner where Lee was playing.

But we then had a throw in, gave the ball away, had the ricochet and it was a goal. It’s as simple as that. It was the same in the second half - we had a throw in, Anthony Gardner lost it and it was 2-0.

You don’t have to play well to get a result - just look at Blackburn, for example, our worst performance in the first half of the season, but we still got a result

That had to be the case against West Brom. They had three or four attempts on goal and probably looked better than they were. Kanu is not known for being a goalscorer but if you give him advantages like we did he will punish you.

We didn’t play well enough to win the game but if we can avoid similar mistakes next time around, even without playing well, we can still get something out of the game. Having said all that, we let ourselves down a bit.

Everyone knows we are not 100 per cent yet because the balance of the team has to be right. For example at Wigan we didn’t start with a flank player but four midfielders across the midfield but we still had a good game and result. I want to play good football and then the results will come.