Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Jol Still the Daddy as Defoe Throws Strop; Mixed Night: Defoe Didn't Have a Great Evening, but Scorer Huddlestone (below) Did

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Jol Still the Daddy as Defoe Throws Strop; Mixed Night: Defoe Didn't Have a Great Evening, but Scorer Huddlestone (below) Did

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Byline: MDAVID SMITH

Tottenham 2 Middlesbrough 0

MARTIN JOL accused Jermain Defoe of disrespecting his team-mates for thechildish way he reacted to being substituted during Tottenham's Carling Cupvictory last night.

The England striker had been given his first start of the season againstMiddlesbrough but saw his night brought to a premature end when he was hauledoff in the 69th minute to be replaced by Robbie Keane.

Spurs fans booed the decision to substitute Defoe who, inspired by the reactionof the crowd, chose to act like a petulant child as he slouched low in histouchline seat almost directly behind that occupied by Jol.

The Spurs boss was far from happy with the way Defoe acted and in an obviousrebuke to the player he said after the 2-0 win: "Even with children, if theyhave a lot of support they feel confident. But I always say if you come off youhave to show respect for your team-mates." It was not a happy end to theevening for Defoe, who earlier yesterday had been fined [pounds sterling]60 and given threepoints by magistrates for using a mobile phone while driving.

Despite Defoe's antics after he was substituted, Jol insisted today he did notwant to lose the striker.

Jol said: "Of course I want him to stay. Last year he had more starts thananyone else and didn't sign a new contract. It's not my side of the business,I'm not doing it [the contract]. That is Daniel Levy's business.

"I thought Jermain did okay yesterday, no more than that. I have made a lot ofsubstitutions over the last two to three weeks. Robbie Keane wasn't happyagainst Fulham. Dimitar Berbatov wasn't happy on Sunday. It is the same all thetime." Defoe and, at least initially, the fans may have been upset at his earlywithdrawal but it proved to be a tactical masterstroke by Jol, whose future hasbeen the subject of so much speculation this season.

Keane gave Spurs what had been patently missing up until that point - namelystrength and awareness that lent purpose to the frippery that had failed tobreak an understrength opposition noticeably missing Jonathan Woodgate andformer Spurs striker Mido. …

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