Ambitions resting on young shoulders

Last updated : 03 January 2006 By Editor

Tottenham recovered from a midweek defeat with a 2-0 win against Newcastle United at White Hart Lane on Saturday.

"It was a good way to recover from our defeat at West Brom. We were a bit worried as Newcastle hadn't played on the Wednesday and we were playing our third match in a week but we looked fine. I am very pleased," Jol said.

"I don't think you pick one player out. I thought Paul Stalteri was good, Edgar Davids has played three games in five days and he's 32 and played well, Jermaine Jenas had his best game, Michael Carrick always takes the initiative in midfield, Mido worked hard - it was a team effort and that was the main thing.

But Jol conceded in The Times: "I don’t think we are special yet."

"We should have scored a few more goals in the second half but we have had some results that have been very encouraging and we have had some results where I have thought that we are still not there. We are stronger than last year, very consistent, and more resilient. If our young players step up then we could be a top-four side."

"We have a stronger team than last year, with Edgar Davids, and we have more points than this time last year (37 to 29), but all my young players must play like experienced players, otherwise we have a problem," the Dutchman added in The Independent.