THE JOL VERDICT
Martin Jol reflects on a rewarding week that resulted in FA Cup progress and six Premiership points…
Martin Jol reflects on a rewarding week that resulted in FA Cup progress and six Premiership points…IT WAS A great week for us just gone and I am a happy customer. First in the FA Cup away at Fulham and we knew they had a very good record at home where we drew a few weeks earlier in the league. We played well for periods of the game and got two relatively simple goals from flick-ons that were great finishes from Robbie, but for the third and fourth goals we played some really good stuff.
We also got the result we wanted up at Everton where it was another big test from which we came out with the three points.
The players have responded in the way we wanted to some recent results that went against us, but we have had to change the team a number of times this season. Sometimes if the more tenacious of your players are not available then the nature of your team can be different and what you try to get over is that even the more naturally gifted players need to show a bit more strength as well.
Over the last week the likes of Teemu Tainio and Jermaine Jenas have come back in, while Zokora played in all three games and did really well. Anthony Gardner returned and performed against Fulham and Everton - where we needed his size - before we came up against one of the most physically strong teams in Bolton and Ricardo Rocha came in and stood up to the challenge.
It is not that I want a physical approach from the team, but to win games in the Premiership you have to add something and that is a bit of steel. I think the combination has been just right over the last week.
We have done well and taken our chances over the last seven days, but we have had good spells before this season before injuries and changing the team affected us with so many games and we suffered some indifferent results. We don't want that, but it can happen.
A talking point from the Bolton game was the sending off of Robbie and, having looked at the incident again, we have made the decision to appeal.
Our next game is against West Ham at Upton Park and I think enough has been said by me on what happened before our fixture there on the final day of last season. I don't want to focus on that, we know what we have to do. West Ham are in the bottom three and need the points, but we need them as well in order to realise our own ambitions.
Our former player Calum Davenport is there now and, naturally, I hope he does well, but only one thing matters to me and that is Spurs.
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