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Jol fumes after Everton `disaster'

ROCK BOTTOM Everton scored three first-half goals and won its second straight Premier League match on Tuesday, handing Spurs their second consecutive loss


Tottenham Hotspur manager Martin Jol was left fuming on Tuesday after his side were comfortably beaten 3-1 at home by Everton.

The Dutchman could only find one positive aspect in the defeat at White Hart Lane that left bigspending Spurs with no points from both their English Premier League matches so far.

Toffees defender Joleon Lescott scored in the third minute and despite Anthony Gardner's equaliser, Everton struck again through Leon Osman and Alan Stubbs's free kick just before half-time.

The result left Spurs, who lost their opening match 1-0 at Sunderland on Saturday, at the bottom of the table and Everton at the top, ahead of yesterday's matches.

"It was a disaster, the start, to concede a goal like that," Jol told Sky Sports television.

"If you concede three goals like that against Everton it's always difficult to break them down," he said. "The only positive thing is that we came out and we really wanted to do better in the second half and didn't concede another goal. They are great on the break and we lacked a bit of creativity again to break them down but it's always difficult against a good defending team like Everton."

"We have to do better and of course there's still a lot of chapters to write in the story, but it's disappointing," he added.

Jol's opposite number David Moyes could not have been more delighted with a determined performance from his team.

"You can't put any words to how pleased we are because to come to Tottenham and win 3-1, it's a great result," he said. "These players were more than capable of doing it, we've been telling them that and they've done it. I thought it was a good game but you always have to work hard against Tottenham because they pass the ball well in front of you and you've got to make sure you don't lose your shape."

"I thought at the right moments we did the right things," Moyes said. "It was a real workman-like performance at times, but there were real bits of flair and quality as well."

The Scot said he wanted to bring further players to Goodison Park before the transfer window closes at the end of the month, but was prepared to make do with his existing crop of players, who have won both their Premier League games so far this season.

"We do the best we can at our club. We've always said money doesn't always buy you success. It certainly helps, but there's no guarantees with it," Moyes said.

"If I don't get them, then I'll just take what I've got. There's two games gone and we're certainly not getting carried away. The competition we're up against is really tough," he said.

Everton finished sixth in the league last year, good enough to earn a UEFA Cup spot.

Goalscorer Stubbs was also refusing to get too excited too soon.

"It's gone really well," the rugged center-half said.

"We've had a good start. We know how important it is to where you finish at the end of the season and we've done well up to now. There's a long way to go. If we can do anything like last season, then it will be another good season," Stubbs said.

"We knew coming here it was going to be a really tough game. We had to ride the pressure early on but we showed a lot of character in the end. I think it was a comfortable performance," he said.

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