Jol takes a pop at City atmosphere

Last updated : 17 January 2007 By Michael Morris
Spurs boss Martin Jol says he was just being polite when speaking before the first cup game at Ninian Park. Hopefully now his words will spur the City side on to embarrass him at White Hart Lane.

“Everyone exaggerated the atmosphere at Ninian Park," said the Dutchman.

“Was it really that unbelievable? It was no different to the atmosphere at White Hart Lane, Arsenal or a lot of other grounds.

“I was happy to say nice things about Cardiff before the first game because I thought we would win there and get on with it.

“But now we have to play them again!”

City boss Dave Jones is looking to upset the odds and get a first win for City since November 11th. The winners of tonight's game will entertain Southend Utd after the Shrimpers beat Barnsley last night at Oakwell.

"People are saying about this game that we can relax, that there's nothing at stake, but yes there is, otherwise why turn up?" said Jones.

"It's a game where we can go through to the next round, it's a prestige game because we're playing a Premiership club on their patch. They're favourites of course, but there's nothing to stop us going there, being confident and getting a result.

"They've got a fantastic record at home although they lost to Newcastle on the weekend. People have been saying after the last match with Spurs that we've now lost our chance, but we're still in with a chance because we're still in the competition.

"But we saw how tough it was here and I've no doubts it will be even tougher to go to Tottenham, with a big crowd, fantastic stadium and they'll be wanting to go through to the next round as much as we do.

"They are not going to win the Premiership so they'll want to go as far as they can in the cup competitions.

"We're going to have to go there and do even better than in the first match if we are going to get a result. I'm hoping my players rise to the occasion and do as well, if not better than they did the last time we played them.

"It's not impossible. If you don't think you can get something from the game then don't turn up. Just give them the result.

"We're going in there as underdogs and we're going to have to give of our best. It's not impossible and my players have to go out there and believe that. We want to go through to the next round."