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CHIPPING IN

Posted on 22 October 2005  - 12:00

Ledley King believes our defenders and midfielders chipping in with goals could make all the difference this season - as well as taking pressure off the forwards.

Ledley King believes our defenders and midfielders chipping in with goals could make all the difference this season - as well as taking pressure off the forwards.

Martin Jol has long been calling for goals from other areas of the team other than the strikers and Ledley was first to respond with his vital - if somewhat fortunate - strike against Charlton that paved the way for the superb comeback at the Valley.

Jermaine Jenas became our first midfield goalscorer with his headed effort that sealed victory over Everton on Saturday and the skipper insists continuation of the habit is vital to future success.

"It is and it takes some pressure off the forwards," reasoned the England international ahead of this weekend's encounter with Manchester United at Old Trafford. "With the players we've got in the team we should be looking to share the goals around. That is something we will be looking to improve on."

Ledley added that Jermaine has made a positive impression on the team since his introduction to the side against Liverpool in September

As well as his recent goalscoring contribution he has added great energy and pace to midfield, although Ledley pointed out that is does take a little time for new players to realise their full potential.

"I've obviously trained with him quite a bit before and realised he was a good player then. What has surprised me is that he is quicker than I thought he was.

"For us he is only going to get better. You do need a little time though, he is a young lad in a new team. Since he has come in we have done well as a team and things are looking good."