Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Football: Players Should Be Angry - Jol; Tottenham Boss Wants Positive Response from Side

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Football: Players Should Be Angry - Jol; Tottenham Boss Wants Positive Response from Side

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TOTTENHAM boss Martin Jol insists he still has the confidence of his squad, but wants to see anger from his players as they fight their way out of trouble.

The Dutchman was furious with his players after the defeat at Newcastle on Monday when defensive lapses cost them again, keeping them in the bottom three of the Premier League.

"I told them, I'm angry with you but you have to be angry with yourself," said Jol. "We know the answers. We know that we have to be on the end of the crosses and free-kicks and corner kicks."

Jol has not spoken to chairman Daniel Levy since the Newcastle clash, when he was undermined by substitute Dimitar Berbatov appearing reluctant to warm up.

The Spurs boss came out fighting again ahead of the Uefa Cup clash against Getafe this evening, painting the picture of unity in the dressing room while also defending his methods on the training ground.

Former Spurs midfielder Tim Sherwood, a television pundit for the Newcastle clash, was outspoken in his criticism of Jol and believes the squad have not been training properly.

But Jol said: "I do more on the training pitch on set plays than at any other club because we've got to. Still, it's about physical presence and mental toughness. That was a total misjudgement. Paul Robinson was in the studio and told him as well, he was there and told him we were working on that."

Even before the St James's Park defeat, Berbatov had been criticised for his body language this season after making a huge impact in his rookie campaign in the Premier League.

His impressive season led to interest from Manchester United and the possibility of a new contract at White Hart Lane, although nothing has been agreed yet.

"Dimitar has a long-term contract," said Jol. "I always talk to him - if he's not playing well and not scoring goals, or if he's playing well and scoring goals. …

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