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Jol battles to keep Spurs afloat

Jol battles to keep Spurs afloat

Martin Jol knows he cannot afford to let Tottenham's season sink any further as he fights for survival on the banks of the River Thames.
The season began with so much hype around Jol's side. They were tipped to break into the league's top four, but travel to Fulham with their Dutch coach's position under severe threat.
After four matches Tottenham have only three points and three defeats to their name.
So the London derby at Craven Cottage today will surely be considered one of their most vital of the season.
At least Jol, who has had to endure stories of Tottenham's directors meeting with Sevilla coach Juande Ramos, can take comfort from the fact that Fulham have also won just once so far.
He has also been handed some good news in the build-up to today's match.
Michael Dawson is set to start the match alongside Younes Kaboul in defense, after the pair overcame ankle and hamstring problems respectively.
A 1-0 defeat to Manchester United was the latest result to hurt the north London club last weekend.
But assistant manager Chris Hughton is adamant that things are not as bad as they seem at White Hart Lane.
"The important thing for us is that we went to Old Trafford and gave a good account of ourselves," he said.
"Our objective was to win the game and we are disappointed not to have done so, but we came away with a fair amount of credit."
A further boost for Spurs will be memories of their last trip to Craven Cottage, when they won 4-0 in the FA Cup.
Fulham have a new manager at the helm since that day though, and Lawrie Sanchez will feel he has a point to prove.
He has been allowed to spend more than US$40 million since the end of last season, yet sees his side languishing at the wrong end of the table after four games.
"Big decisions have gone against us so far," Sanchez said. "We just have to hope those will be evened out over the season.
"We have to start again, we need another win under our belt."
They will be hoping the midweek success over Shrewsbury in the League Cup, in which Diomansy Kamara scored his first goal for the club, provides new optimism.
Fulham will be without Chris Baird through suspension, while Antti Niemi, Hameur Bouazza, Aaron Hughes, Brian McBride, Jimmy Bullard, Lee Cook and Philippe Christanval are all injured.


Updated : 2021-04-12 05:34 GMT+08:00