Martin Jol says he is satisfied with our position at the turn of the year.
Martin Jol says he is satisfied with our position at the turn of the year.Seventh in the Premiership standings and still involved in all competitions, while the manager points out there is room for improvement, he believes the squad have coped well with the additional demands and are in a good position to make progress.
"Some people are suggesting that we are not doing well and comparing us with last season, but last time around we only played 40 matches in total and now we have already played 30," reasoned Martin.
"We have won six games in Europe and we are in the semi-finals of the Carling Cup. In comparison to last season I don't think there is a big difference, we are in seventh position and there are many good teams below us.
"Although there is still a lot of room for improvement - we are still building. We have the likes of Aaron Lennon, Tom Huddlestone, Calum Davenport and Benoit Assou-Ekotto for example, who are still learning their trade.
"I feel the future is ours, although I would sometimes like to see a little more bite if we are to get good results away from home. I wouldn't swap our players, but they need to add this to their game and is has to come from themselves."
With an FA Cup date in Cardiff looming on Sunday, Martin offered an injury update and is hopeful of one or two coming off the missing list very soon.
"Ledley has got some bone bruising on his foot that can heal quickly. We quickly assessed it and hopefully we have done the right thing. He has the famous plastic boot on, which he will be shedding soon and hopefully he can be playing again in one or two weeks time. We will have to wait and see.
"Aaron Lennon is back, training hard and could be available for Cardiff, but you can't be 100 per cent sure. Robbie Keane is also training hard and could be fit for selection.
"Paul Stalteri is still out with his thigh injury that is probably worse than we thought, but JJ is back working and could be back in one or two weeks time.
"Cardiff are doing well in the Championship and they've got good players who can score goals," he added on the challenge at Ninian Park. "They are at home, so hopefully there will be a good Spurs crowd there to support us.
"As everybody knows, we want to do well in the FA Cup because of the tradition of this club is connected with the competition.
"It would be wonderful to stay in all competitions, of course, but it can all change very quickly. Both teams will be chasing the win and hopefully we will have a few players back because it has been a busy time to be using the same players.
"We came through it well and that is positive for us, as would a good result in the FA Cup against Cardiff."