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Football: MARTIN IS NOT SO JOL-LY; TOTTENHAM .....................1 ARSENAL ..........................1.

SPURS boss Martin Jol revealed his players were gutted after a blunder by England keeper Paul Robinson gifted Arsenal a draw.

The cock-up came when he flapped at Dennis Bergkamp's 77th-minute free-kick and palmed the ball straight to Robert Pires who fired in to bail out the struggling Gunners.

Pires' equaliser was a lucky break for Arsenal but they had bounced back strongly in the second half.

The Frenchman and Robin van Persie made a difference when they came off the bench as Arsene Wenger's men went all out for their first league away win this season.

Wenger said: "We reacted well after half-time. If we hadn't it would have been disastrous for our season."

Jol moaned afterwards: "It must be a long time since Arsenal were happy to end a game with a draw. If we had played the second half like we did the first we would have won. We should have scored a second goal to kill the game.

"My boys were very disappointed in the dressing room afterwards."

Worse may come for Spurs if they are hauled before the FA beaks after visiting keeper Jens Lehmann was struck on the head by an object thrown from their fans.

The German was not seriously hurt and continued after treatment.

Arsenal needed some outstanding saves from Lehmann to keep them in the match after Spurs skipper Ledley King had nodded the home side

into the lead. The centre-half went forward for Michael Carrick's free-kick in 17 minutes and, taking advantage of Sol Campbell watching Egyptian striker Mido, rose to power home an unstoppable header.

Wenger, seeking to stave off his second derby defeat in 20 meetings, replaced Mathieu Flamini and Freddie Ljungberg with Pires and Van Persie in the second half The Dutchman made an quick impact and helped turn the match. Robinson turned away his first effort then the sub slipped a chance that went narrowly wide.

But Robinson was made to pay for his only error of the match - failing to deal with Bergkamp's free-kick and allowing Pires to first-time the rebound into the net


Top Gunners: Gael Clichy celebrates with Robert Pires after the wing king's goal brought Arsenal a point in the North London derby; Robbo: Blunder; Jol: Furious
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Publication:Sunday Mail (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Oct 30, 2005
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