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Spurs boss Jol admits relief after Derby thrashing

Tottenham boss Martin Jol was delighted with his team's 4-0 thumping of Derby yesterday.

Steed Malbranque got the ball rolling with an early brace at White Hart Lane to put Spurs in total control, with Jermaine Jenas and Darren Bent completing the 4-0 win.

The victory went some way to easing pressure on the Dutchman after Spurs lost to Sunderland and Everton earlier in the week.

"It's a relief for everybody," said Jol after the win. "It's horrendous when you play two games in this sort of industry and you can't get a result. It's the pressure you put on yourself."

Jol was pleased with the response after their dismal week, adding: "If you don't have that sort of reaction you may as well go home.

"If you can do better you have to show that. It's a normal thing because they are professional but it's a pleasing thing because if you don't have that you have no chance.

"They showed me they wanted to do well for the supporters, that is the main thing, and the fans showed that they are right behind us."

Jol felt Jenas, who was left out of the England squad this week, was the man of the match.

"You have to show people that you are mentally and physically strong, and Jenas did that," he said.

Jol believes there is more to come from Spurs, particularly with the likes of Ledley King, Michael Dawson, Gareth Bale, Aaron Lennon and Dimitar Berbatov to return from injury.

"There was more rhythm than against Everton," said Jol. "It's not about players being fit or injured, we are judged on results so you need results no matter what. Next week it will be someone else, and that is a good thought.

"We will get better and better, I said to the youngsters there is pressure to get a result but after that I can bring you on. That's what I did. People saw that if we are fine as a club we can be a force again, but it takes more than four days."

Derby boss Billy Davies was disappointed with his side's poor start.

"In two out of our three games this season I've been pleased but I wasn't today," said the Scot. "Experience is the only positive from not competing in the opening 20 minutes.

"Having said that, we were makers of our own downfall - we've got to bring in more firepower and quality. Strikers are our number one target."

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