Jol takes long view on Europe

Tottenham Hotspur 2 - Fulham 0
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Four points away from a European place and a replay away from the quarter-finals of the FA Cup, Tottenham seem to be going places. Listen to Martin Jol, however, and his glass still sounds half-empty.

Jol, linked with the newly vacant job at Ajax - a rumour he shrugged off - is playing the long game. Still, and it was a little like pulling teeth, he did eventually concede that a Uefa Cup position is in his sights.

"I would be satisfied if we achieved something in the FA Cup, or playing for European football," he said. "Maybe not achieve it, but playing for that until the last game of the season, that would be the dream for me."

This was Spurs' second win in six League games and they travel to Nottingham Forest on Wednesday with Andy Reid, who impressed here, Cup-tied against his former side.

"Reid is very talented and very young," Jol said. "It's a big step to the Premiership from the Championship. He did very well in his first game and he did well again here. There's a lot more to him because he can go outside or link up with the full-back. He's got a bright future.

"As for [Stephen] Kelly, I told him he made a big step forward today up against Luis Boa Morte because he had a terrific game and Boa Morte had to chase him. He's a prospect."

Jol had to rely on his two substitutes, Frédéric Kanouté and Robbie Keane, to polish off a stubborn Fulham side who were eventually punished for their negative approach.

Spurs' first goal had a touch of luck about it, with Edwin van der Sar wrong-footing himself from Kanouté's free-kick. After that the visitors were forced to chase the game. But Keane ran on to Simon Davies' pass and neatly finished it off, leaving Chris Coleman with Wales' Six Nations victory as his only consolation.

Goals: Kanouté (78) 1-0; Keane (90) 2-0.

Tottenham Hotspur (4-4-2): Robinson; Kelly, Naybet, King, Edman; Davies, Brown, Carrick, Reid; Mido (Keane, 79), Defoe (Kanouté, 73). Substitutes not used: Cerny (gk), Ziegler, Pamarot.

Fulham (4-3-3): Van der Sar; Rosenior, Knight, Goma, Bocanegra; Diop, Jensen (McBride, 86), Clark; Radzinski, Cole (John, 59), Boa Morte. Substitutes not used: Crossley (gk), Volz, Legwinski.

Referee: N Barry (Lincolnshire).

Booked: Fulham Clark.

Man of the match: Knight.

Attendance: 35,855.