Jol unhappy with Pamarot tackle
By Peter ORourke
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Martin Jol was unhappy with Noe Pamarot's dangerous tackle on Hossam Ghaly.
Tottenham manager Martin Jol was unhappy with Noe Pamarot's dangerous tackle on Hossam Ghaly during the 1-1 draw at Portsmouth.
Egyptian midfielder Ghaly lost four teeth and required stitches in a face wound after being caught by a high boot by former Spurs defender Pamarot.
Ghaly played on after receiving lengthy treatment, but was substituted for Danny Murphy at the start of the second half.
Jol praised Ghaly's bravery, but described Pamarot's challenge on him as "cynical."
"I asked the referee and he said it wasn't a foul but when I looked at it again (on tape) I thought it was cynical," said Jol.
"I know Pamarot and he is a terrific lad, exceptional, but not when he is on the pitch. Ghaly was unbelievable. I thought at first the doctor told me he lost his false teeth but he was really saying four teeth.
"Most people would have gone to hospital and stayed there a week with that injury but he went back on to play and it was only later I noticed some dangerous signs and took him off again for the second half.
"If I had known the full extent of the injury I would never have let Ghaly go back on but I took notice of my doctor. I always do that."
Jol was happy with his side's fighting spirit at Fratton Park as they came from a goal down to earn a point courtesy of Steed Malbranque's header.
"Although we played some very good football at times in the first half you get nothing without spirit and determination which we showed in the second half," added Jol.
"Murphy did well again after his performance against Liverpool on Saturday when I thought we were unlucky to lose.
"It is good to get a point here because Portsmouth are so good at set-pieces but I thought we had four or five possibilities to score and their goal came from their first shot on target.
"We are doing okay. We are missing players like Ledley King and Robbie Keane and now Ghaly will be out. But when players like Davenport show character and determination like today you can get by.
"I don't know if I will buy anybody in the transfer window but if I had been told at the start of the season we would be in the top seven, in the semi-final of the Carling Cup and had won six games in Europe out of six at this stage I would have taken that."