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 Posted by ESPN Staff
Feb 21, 2007

Jol out to find answers to Premiership problems

Martin Jol has targeted a return to form in the Premiership to build on Tottenham's progress in the cups.

Spurs reached the quarter-final of the FA Cup after beating Fulham on Sunday and they are also in the last 16 of the UEFA Cup, with hopes of ending a eight-year trophy drought.

However, they have not won in the league since Boxing Day and travel to Everton tonight with just one Premiership away win under their belts all season.

Their inconsistency has seen them slip into the bottom half of the table, which saw the spotlight on Jol before the 4-0 win at Craven Cottage.

'You can go to the next round of the FA Cup but what does it mean if you lose your next game against Everton, because you get the same talk and the same problems again?' said the Dutchman.

'We want to get he pressure off the team and have a good run in the league as well because we have 12 games left and I feel we can still go in the top six. If not we have to win one of the cups, and it won't be easy but we are still there.'

Jol believes Spurs are the victim of their own success last season when they finished fifth in the league, while this season has been driven by silverware rather than Premiership consistency.

He said: 'You saw teams over the last five years, last year Middlesbrough was the example. Nobody complained because they played in the final, and they had players like Yakubu and Viduka.

'Maybe it is compliment that people do not compare us to teams like that.'

Jol added: 'When you look at Manchester City, Aston Villa or Blackburn - they don't do better than us but at our club there is more expectation, and I have to live with that.

'Maybe that is the difference between Spurs and other clubs. Against Fulham we saw that the fans still love us and they only want one thing, to win games. They're right behind us but we have to win games.'

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