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Jol plans cup win to kill questions.

Byline: By Miek McGrath

Martin Jol wants to brush aside questions about his future at Tottenham by winning the FA Cup this season.

Spurs face Nottingham Forest tonight in a fifth-round replay with a trip to Newcastle in the last eight at stake ( but much of the attention building up to the clash has focused on head coach Jol being linked with the vacant post at Ajax. The Dutchman insists he is settled at White Hart Lane ( despite reports suggesting he is unhappy with sporting director Frank Arnesen ( and has targeted a cup triumph to get his side into the Uefa Cup next season.

Jol said: "It was an incredible story, especially the stuff about Frank Arnesen and me.

"We are not just working together, we are practically living together and we have just one purpose ( Tottenham Hotspur Football Club."

Spurs have flourished under Jol since the departure of Jacques Santini earlier this season, currently sitting eighth in the Premiership and still in the FA Cup.

But Jol's side need a result at Forest ( in a repeat of the 1991 final ( to claim a place in the last eight and edge nearer a first trophy in six years.

Although sixth place would now gain a Uefa Cup spot next season, Jol believes the cup gives his side a good chance of playing in Europe.

Gary Megson's team earned a 1-1 draw at White Hart Lane nine days ago, and Jol believes Spurs could have finished the Coca-Cola Championship side off if they had scored a second goal before Gareth Taylor levelled.

Jol added: "We have to score probably two goals because after one goal last time they didn't open up.

"After two goals they will open up and maybe we will get more space. It will be difficult because they won't attack us."

Andy Reid is cup-tied for the clash against his former team, while Ledley King and Noureddine Naybet are doubts with groin injuries.

Midfielder James Perch, who signed a new two-and-a-half-year deal yesterday, could return to Forest's line-up as David Friio is cup-tied.

Either Marlon King or David Johnson will replace former Carlisle striker Scott Dobie, who is ineligible.
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Date:Mar 2, 2005
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