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Posted on 13 April 2006  - 12:00

Jermaine Jenas believes the team have shown their character this season in not recording any back to back defeats in Premiership action.

Jermaine Jenas believes the team have shown their character this season in not recording any back to back defeats in Premiership action.

Losses have been pretty much isolated incidents across what has been a consistent campaign and the only time the taste of defeat has been suffered in successive games was the FA Cup exit at Leicester, which was followed by a single goal reverse away to Liverpool.

The most recent setback was at JJ's former club Newcastle, where a 3-1 scoreline was suffered, but responded to in the perfect way with the 2-1 win over Manchester City a week later.

"Not that I can remember," reacted JJ to the question of back to back league defeats. "We're always talking about the winning mentality and, when we lose a game, there are a lot of positive players in this team who make sure we get back into winning ways."

JJ went on to suggest that the St James Park stumble could well have come about by the team being a little too confident going into the game, a mistake he insists won't happen again.

"It was a weird day for us, we didn't really perform on any level," he added. "I think a lot of us maybe went into the game a little too positively and forgot we were playing away at St James Park where it isn't easy.

"We have learned from that and I'm sure we will take a lot from that day."It is the nature of the team though, we are a confident side. Fair play to us for thinking we can beat most teams anywhere, but maybe we were a bit too sure on that day."