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Posted on 12 February 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).

Martin Jol insisted the penalty wasn't the key factor behind Saturday's 3-1 FA Cup victory against West Brom on Saturday night.

Referee Rob Styles pointed to the spot after Stephen Kelly collided with West Brom keeper Russell Hoult five minutes before half-time.

Baggies deservedly led 1-0 at that point but Robbie Keane coolly stuck away the spot kick, Hoult had to go off injured and after a tactical switch at the break, we stormed into a 3-1 lead via a Jermain Defoe double at the start of the second half.

West Brom boss Bryan Robson was less than happy about the penalty award but there was little doubt that contact was made - Hoult's momentum on the slide took his head into Kelly and the keeper had to retire with a gashed eye.

Head Coach Martin said: "To be honest I thought it was a penalty when I saw it. I don't think it would have changed matters because in the second half we played much better.

"It was a good moment for us because Robbie Keane had to wait four or five minutes to take it.

"Full credit to them in the first half but the way we played the second half I don't think it would be a problem. But you never know..."

We had Paul Robinson to thank for a number of saves in that first half as West Brom paid little attention to us starting with all three strikers Robbie, Jermain and Fredi Kanoute to dominated the first 40 minutes.

Martin pointed out: "We wanted to surprise them but they didn't adapt. Normally you would put a a player on Robbie Keane but they didn't do that, they kept their shape and they had a spare midfielder.

"They are a good passing team, change play from left to right and that's how the first goal was created. All credit to them but we didn't defend well as a team. We had to change things and the second half went well for us."

We now take on Nottingham Forest in the fifth round of the FA Cup at the Lane next Sunday, February 20, kick-off 3pm.

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Martin Jol reflected on Paul Robinson's first half heroics against West Brom and smiled: "

He's the best goalkeeper in England. I can't talk about him every week. He was there for the free-kick as well at the end, that would have been 3-2 but he made a terrific save. He's there to do that.

Martin Jol insisted free-kick routines like the one that sunk West Brom on Saturday are always possible with someone like Jermain Defoe around.

The striker unleashed an unstoppable shot from the edge of the box after Michael Carrick cleverly picked him out by squaring a free-kick - most people were expecting a shot from Reto Ziegler.

That made it 2-1 just four minutes into the second half and after trailing 1-0, the turn around was complete five minutes later when Jermain buried his second goal from Fredi Kanoute's cross to register his 19th of the season.

Head Coach Martin reflected: "It was a nice thing. Michael Carrick waited to create the moment, made eye contact with Jermain and it came off.

"You can do everything in training but it's about finishing and if you have a finisher like Jermain, free-kicks like that can be successful."

Martin pointed out that Jermain's double arrived via an improved second half display.

"He had a quiet first half and then we played better and that's the story," he added.

"If you play better there is better service to the strikers and they score.

"Robbie Keane scored a terrific goal when he came on last week against Portsmouth, he also scored the winner against Brighton, now Jermain has done it as well."

The cup is important for every team. We have won the FA Cup eight times but we also did well in the Carling Cup this season. We want to be fighters in the cup, to achieve things and to do well. That's the only thing.

I said two weeks ago that when I was at West Brom we played Plymouth Argyle and they were in the Third Division ans we lost 1-0. It's a one-off but if we have the right attotude and we've played well recently, especially at home, then we have a chance of going through to the next round

Tottenham coach Martin Jol saw his side earn a fifth round home tie against Championship strugglers Nottingham Forest next Sunday thanks to two second half goals from England striker Defoe.

Jol however did not share Robson's assessment of the penalty award's influence on the outcome and predicted that two-goal hero Defoe could end up with more than 20 league goals for the season.

Jol said: "I thought it was a penalty when I saw it but I don't think it would have changed matters because we played much better in the second half.

"We didn't defend well as a team for the first goal and we could have been two-nil down at half-time. But Paul Robinson made some fine saves. That's why he is the best goalkeeper in England.

"Jermain had a quiet first half and then played better. He will get us more than 20 goals this season in the league if he is in the starting line-up every week."

West Brom boss Bryan Robson was in little doubt that the penalty not only went against his side but completely changed Saturday's FA Cup replay.

Robson also claimed that the handball decision that led to Jermain Defoe crashing home our second goal was also very harsh.

Russell Hoult was penalised after a collision with Stephen Kelly - replays later showed that Stephen got there first, Hoult touched the ball and then his momentum took the full-back out. It also took him out - he had to be replaced after gashing his eye.

Robbie Keane scored the penalty to make it 1-1 after West Brom had dominated the first half but it all changed after the break thanks to a quick two-goal blast from Jermain as we ran out 3-1 winners.

Robson said: "The first goal was never a penalty. Russell got a touch on the ball. It was a decent save and the TV replays prove that.

"It was also a real harsh decision to give handball against Paul Robinson. Paul says it never hit his arm but even if it had from the distance that Fredi Kanoute was kicking the ball against him, it was a harsh decision to award a free-kick.

"It's annoying because we were playing well and with a lot of confidence. Tottenham never looked a threat but the penalty gave them good encouragement for the second half.

"For me the major turning point of the game is when the referee gave them a penalty that never should have been.

"We outplayed Tottenham in the first half and that encourages our lads to keep it going but suddenly you go in at half-time at 1-1. That gets their fans up and encourages the Tottenham players."

West Bromwich Albion manager Bryan Robson slammed referee Rob Styles for awarding Tottenham a controversial first-half penalty.

The Albion manager could find himself in trouble with the Football Association after claiming that Styles did everything possible to help Spurs get back into the FA cup fourth round tie.

Kanu had put Albion in front in the 11th minute and they dominated the game until Styles awarded Spurs a spot-kick minutes before the interval.

Robbie Keane converted the penalty and an angry Robson was adamant that the decision had changed the course of the game which Spurs went on to win 3-1.

Robson fumed: "It is quite easy to see why it went away from us - the match officials.

"We dominated the first half and it was our own fault that we didn't score another goal to make it really uncomfortable for Tottenham.

"The performance of the boys was excellent in the first half and then the officials got Spurs back into the game."

Robson claimed that goalkeeper Russell Hoult had made a save from Stephen Kelly before they collided for the spot kick award and that a handball decision against defender Paul Robinson, which led to Tottenham's second from Jermain Defoe, was more than harsh.

Robson added: "The referee did his best to get Spurs back in the game. That's how I see it. The first goal was never a penalty. Russell got a touch on the ball. It was a decent save and the TV replays prove that.

"It was also a real harsh decision to give handball against Paul Robinson. Paul says it never hit his arm but even if it had from the distance that Fredi Kanoute was kicking the ball against him, it was a harsh decision to award a free-kick.

"It's annoying because we were playing well and with a lot of confidence. Tottenham never looked a threat but the penalty gave them good encouragement for the second half.

"For me the major turning point of the game is when the referee gave them a penalty that never should have been.

"We outplayed Tottenham in the first half and that encourages our lads to keep it going but suddenly you go in at half-time at 1-1. That gets their fans up and encourages the Tottenham players."

Robson also revealed that he spoke to Styles at half-time about his controversial decision and that he was all in favour of the fourth official to adjudicate on such incidents.

Robson added: "I told the referee he had changed the course of the game with a bad decision but he didn't say anything.

"For me though the one you look at immediately is the linesman because he was right in line with it and if it was a penalty, he would have put his flag up straight away. But he had no reaction whatsoever when the challenge went in. That's why I am all for a fourth official on penalty decisions because then it is fair for everybody."