Spurs spirit keeps Jol hanging on

Tottenham marked their 125th anniversary with an extraordinary fightback to earn a 4-4 draw with Aston Villa that may just have been enough to save manager Martin Jol from the sack.

Tottenham's Dimitar Berbatov (C, front) celebrates with teammates

Jol had the air of a condemned man as Spurs were left trailing 4-1 with barely half an hour left to play.

But a Pascal Chimbonda strike and a Robbie Keane penalty set the stage for Younes Kaboul to snatch an 92nd-minute equaliser and a point that may come to be regarded as a turning point in Tottenham's season, even if it was not sufficient to lift them out of the relegation zone.

Jol must have thought he was for some badly-needed respite when a bright start was capped by Dimitar Berbatov firing the home side ahead after 20 minutes.

But they soon found themselves chasing the game after errors by England goalkeeper Paul Robinson gifted Villa's Danish defender a couple of goals.

Gabriel Agbonlahor increased Villa's lead five minutes before the break and when Craig Gardner beat Robinson with a low drive from a 59th-minute free-kick it appeared to be game over for Spurs and Jol.

Source: AFP

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