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JOL ON BORO TEST

Martin Jol believes the draw could have been kinder, but insists home advantage must be made to count when we take on Middlesbrough in the Carling Cup on Wednesday.

Martin Jol believes the draw could have been kinder, but insists home advantage must be made to count when we take on Middlesbrough in the Carling Cup on Wednesday.

We take on the Teesiders in round three of the competition in an 8pm kick-off at the Lane and the manager suspects that Gareth Southgate's side will present a tricky obstacle in our opening domestic cup tie of the season.

"It was not the easiest of draws for us, but we are at home and that is what you want," reasoned Martin. "For us it is important, we want to get into the next round with a win at the Lane in front of our supporters.

"We saw them play against their North East rivals Sunderland and I felt they did well. Julio Arca suffered an injury and Mido looks like he is going to be struggling to make it because of a hamstring problem.

"Middlesbrough have got a good team and have a tremendous track record in developing young players, but they also have considerable experience in the side. If you look at Stewart Downing on the left, he will chip in with ten or more assists, while Jonathan Woodgate is a great leader at the back, with George Boateng providing the experience in the middle.

"We have got home advantage, but that doesn't mean anything if you don't play well and create chances. We have conceded seven or eight easy goals this year and if we can cut that sort of thing out we will do well.

"We've got a few options when it comes to the starting line-up, Aaron Lennon is fine and fit for selection, along with Jermain Defoe and Gareth Bale. We will make some changes, but we will always field a strong team."

Click here to buy tickets. Tottenham Hotspur vs Middlesbrough. Wednesday, September 26th, 2007, 8pm Kick-Off