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THE JOLE VERDICT

Posted on 12 November 2005  - 12:00

Martin Jol takes a last look back on our trip to Bolton on Monday and gives an update on the injury that prevented Aaron Lennon taking part...

Martin Jol takes a last look back on our trip to Bolton on Monday and gives an update on the injury that prevented Aaron Lennon taking part...

I FEEL WE were a bit unfortunate against Bolton on Monday and think we played a little better than them - especially in midfield and we didn't give away a lot of chances. It can be a bit awkward when you play against Bolton because they normally create a lot of chances because of their style.

Then they had a sort of 'Sunday shot' out of nothing which was a great goal but I still thought we were in the game. Just after that we scored through Jermain Defoe where the assistant referee did not do a good job. It is difficult though and there are bound to make mistakes, so it was a bit unfortunate for us.

I think we made a good response but we weren't quite good enough up front. We had four or five chances - we hit the post, bar and had at least two half-chances - and should easily have got a point. That was very disappointing, but we are a young team who have to improve and do better.

We changed it a bit, played Teemu Tainio behind the strikers and Bolton had problems for about 25 minutes. They wanted to pressurise us but we were able to avoid the pressure because of that.

We had to be clever though, everybody sees we have a good young team but we have to take advantage more up front

If the goal had been allowed I think we would have scored a second one because they would have left some spaces at the back and we are always dangerous when that happens.

We played 3-3-4 for a little while and it was a necessity. When you see them get crosses in they have four or five players in the box and we have to learn that and do it as well.

I think we missed Aaron Lennon because he was doing well and you can always do with a bit of pace and brilliance down the flanks. I think we lacked that but, having said that, I think we deserved something but it wasn't our night.

Aaron won't be out for long, it was a grade one hamstring tear, which is the least serious.