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Credit the players - Joe

Posted on 14 May 2009  - 12:00

Joe Jordan hands the praise for our fine home form directly to the players.

Credit the players - Joe

Joe Jordan hands the praise for our fine home form directly to the players.

We go into Saturday's final game at the Lane this season against Manchester City chasing a defensive record that has stood for 89 years.

We've conceded just nine goals at home in the Premier League - our all-time record stands at 11 going all the way back to 1919-20.

Other statistics worth noting include six-successive clean sheets in the league at home, one defeat in 20 matches since Harry Redknapp took over, 14 matches unbeaten and now 10 matches unbeaten in the Premier League.

"It's an incredible record and you have to put it down to the players both as individuals and as a unit," said first team coach Joe.

"When you consider the start of the season the fact we're now talking about these statistics is all credit to the players.

"It's come with a lot of confidence that might have drained from the squad. They've put in the performances and that doesn't come easily."

City provide a threat to all of those statistics, however, as Joe explained. "They have their house sorted out a little more now.

"One or two players have taken time to settle and that's par for the course whether it's City, Spurs or anyone else, sometimes we all have to be more patient.

"Those players have settled, they have a settled shape where the likes of Robinho and Elano can get on with what they are good at and the likes of Kompany and De Jong, who have been brought in to give them a balance, do just that. Their results have picked up and I can understand why."