Jol focused on points
By Amanda Cornforth
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Tottenham boss Martin Jol is not thinking about revenge over West Ham on Sunday.
Tottenham boss Martin Jol insists his side will not be thinking about revenge over West Ham following the defeat which cost them their UEFA Champions League hopes last season.
Spurs were hit by a mystery virus on the final day of last term, which was initially thought to be food poisoning, and lost fourth place in the Premiership and with it had their Champions League hopes wrecked after the loss at Upton Park.
Tottenham head into the clash this time round on Sunday in ninth place in the league, while West Ham are facing a battle to remain in the top flight as they are nine points adrift of safety in the relegation zone.
"I think enough has been said by me on what happened before our fixture there on the final day of last season," Jol said.
"I don't want to focus on that, we know what we have to do. West Ham are in the bottom three and need the points, but we need them as well in order to realise our own ambitions."
Jol's squad are now looking for their fourth win in a row following a post-Christmas slump that saw them knocked out of the Carling Cup by rivals Arsenal in the semi-finals.
Their return to form has also coincided with Jermaine Jenas' comeback from an ankle injury and the England midfielder, who has netted four goals in his last five games, credits their revival to a good work ethic.
"That's football, you have your ups and downs," said Jenas.
"The semi-final took a lot out of us and we really wanted to be at Cardiff. But it didn't happen, we managed to get ourselves back on our feet after the Manchester United defeat and got back to winning ways.
"That's mainly down to hard work. We know when we look around the pitch there are great individuals but to add to that we needed hard work and graft, grit and determination. Once we started to win those battles then our quality came through."