Jol three matches from realising FA Cup 'dream'
Martin Jol is three matches away from realising the 'dream' of winning an FA Cup after Tottenham swept Fulham aside yesterday at Craven Cottage.
Spurs have a rich tradition in the competition but have not won it in 16 years - since the days of Paul Gascoigne and Gary Lineker - and victory this season would be particularly sweet as Jol's selection and tactics have been questioned.
The north London club have slipped into the bottom half of the Premiership and victory over Fulham, with Robbie Keane and Dimitar Berbatov both scoring twice in a 4-0 rout, ended a run of three consecutive defeats.
Reaching the quarter-final of the FA Cup, as well as the last 16 of the UEFA Cup, has given cause for optimism and has put Spurs in the hunt to end their eight-year trophy drought.
'It will be very important for us to do something special this year,' said the Dutchman. 'They had a similar year in 1991 with Terry Venables, in 25 games they had only three wins and at the end of the year they won the FA Cup. If we could do that it would be a dream.'
Jol never made it to an FA Cup as a player but spoke earlier in the season of how he believed the competition to be the best competition in Europe.
While Gascoigne was the hero of the 1991 team, Keane is emerging as this season's talisman, and he has scored in every round.
The Republic of Ireland striker lashed home twice, both from Mido flick-ons, before Berbatov came off the bench for his two strikes.
Fulham's miserable day was compounded when Vincenzo Montella was dismissed for a clash with Keane in stoppage time.
'It was a sending off,' said Fulham boss Chris Coleman. 'He raised an elbow and caught Robbie Keane in the mush - it's a sending off, I can't hide behind that.
'We'll be without Vincenzo for three games and that is disappointing because we'll only have him for eight games remaining in the season.'
Coleman was furious with his side's defending, and he added: 'It was unacceptable, I can't accept that and I don't think they will either.'