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Rivers-Shooting clash lights up Port Harcourt

By ESPN Staff

Defiant Jol happy to battle it out

Under-fire Tottenham manager Martin Jol underlined his determination to battle on after a 1-0 defeat against Manchester United at Old Trafford.

Spurs, who had two penalty appeals turned down and missed a string of presentable chances, have just one win to their name from the opening four games.

Another loss was the last thing the Dutchman needed at the end of a week which saw a club delegation meet Seville boss Juande Ramos and, according to Ramos, offered him Jol's job.

Spurs chairman Daniel Levy, who portrayed the meeting as a fact-finding mission aimed at tapping into the Spaniard's recent success, has since offered public backing for Jol who, in turn, insists he feels secure.

'I always feel well, otherwise you would be gone,' he said. 'If you feel well and happy you stay at the club.

'It doesn't depend on one or two people. I am here for the players and the fans and, of course, one or two board members are happy with me.'

Turning his thoughts to the players, Jol added: 'Every Spurs player will give 100% all the time. It is a terrific club.

'Some of them love the club. They want to win. They want to do well for the shirt and the supporters and hopefully for us as well.'

Although they lost Spurs produced arguably their best performance of the campaign so far against United.

One particular highlight for Spurs was the confident display from 18-year-old debutant Gareth Bale, who slotted in effortlessly on the left side of midfield.

'I feel Gareth is a wonderful talent,' Jol said. 'I have heard that people at Manchester United wanted him.

'I still feel he is a left-back who is very good at going forward.

'There is a lot to come from him. He has a fantastic left-foot. He can take excellent free-kicks. That is what I was hoping to see.

'It was his first game for a couple of months. I had to take the gamble.

'Bale has not played for us before. He did ever so well for us.'