TWO OF A KIND
Martin Jol paid tribute to Michael Dawson and Calum Davenport for the way they stood up to the attacking threat of Cardiff at Ninian Park on Sunday.
Martin Jol paid tribute to Michael Dawson and Calum Davenport for the way they stood up to the attacking threat of Cardiff at Ninian Park on Sunday.The duo quelled any danger in poor weather conditions and very much limited the workload of Paul Robinson behind them. We now enter this afternoon's draw for the FA Cup 4th round.
"You know that they have got a lot of character and that is what we want," reflected the manager. "We've still got a lot to learn, especially with our captain Ledley King not there, but I felt that Calum Davenport has played very well over the last couple of games.
"Every time he has filled in he has been good, while we know what Michael is like. I can only pay compliments to the spirit of the whole team because it is very tough to win games away from home in the FA Cup, I can assure you."
Martin went on to reason that the keeping of a clean sheet for the first time since the Carling Cup clash with Southend proved a source of satisfaction.
"It was a very rainy Sunday afternoon in Cardiff! We kept a clean sheet, that is a positive thing and we will take them back to White Hart Lane now. If you can't score a goal, it is the best kind of result, but it is not what you want because you don't really want all the extra games.
"We said before the game that we would have to match them in effort, if you go to a Championship side it is tough and you saw what happened to Sheffield United on Saturday at home to Swansea. It can happen to anybody in England and our attitude was perfect.
"We battled, the pitch was heavy and we couldn't score. We had three or four good opportunities, but couldn't score, so I am pretty satisfied with not conceding. It was not easy.""Every time he has filled in he has been good, while we know what Michael is like."