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Mixed evening for Martin
11 May 2007 - 07:58:07
Tottenham Hotspur head coach Martin Jol was pleased with his side's display in the 1-1 draw with Blackburn Rovers, which inched them closer to UEFA Cup qualification.
Jermain Defoe's second-half equaliser put Spurs on course for a top-seven finish, although Hossam Ghaly's angry reaction to being substituted put a cloud on the evening at White Hart Lane.
Jol told the club's official website: "I know we did not start well, we didn't get going with our flank play or in midfield with support to the strikers.
"But we've got a lot of character in the side and in the second half we came back at them and stretched them in midfield.
"We took a lot of risks, but that is what we had to do because we wanted the three points to get into Europe for certain."
The Dutchman added about Ghaly's histrionics: "We have certain rules and arrangements, whether it is Dimitar Berbatov, Robbie Keane or Jermain Defoe or Hossam Ghaly, it's no different to me, so we will deal with that internally.
"It was out of character because he is a very good boy, he's always disciplined and every time he was involved he did well, but you couldn't say he did well this time."