Sunday 24th September 2006

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Gonzalez scored the all-important first

After yesterday's game both managers had different tales to tell on Liverpool's second-half awakening which resulted in a convincing 3-0 scoreline for Liverpool.

Benitez, obviously, was pleased as punch:

"It was a good game, a difficult game. We knew how Spurs were going to play and in the first half it was hard for us to make clear chances," said the Liverpool boss.

"In the second period we were better. We got the ball wide earlier and the quality of players we now have meant we were able to make better opportunities.

"Tottenham had one good chance in the first half and one in the second but apart from that I thought we were the better side.

"I'm happy with the team and happy with the confidence we have after winning again.

"Our performance was good and we want to carry that on into our midweek game now."

Martin Jol was disappointed, especially as Spurs did have more than one opportunity to go ahead when the game was 0-0;

"It is the same story. We created a lot of chances, should have been ahead before they scored, and then lost our concentration and composure in defence.
"We just didn't keep our heads at the right time. In that first half we could have been ahead. Ledley King, Jermain Defoe and Robbie Keane all had chances. Then in the second period Jenas misses like that. Yes, he should have scored and it should have been a goal but it is a familiar story for us at the moment."

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