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.
"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.
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.
"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."