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GOALS A BONUS FOR JJ

Posted on 15 November 2007  - 12:00

Jermaine Jenas raises a knowing smile when it's suggested that the popular perception of his game is that he's only raising the bar in his performances when he's scoring goals.

Jermaine Jenas raises a knowing smile when it's suggested that the popular perception of his game is that he's only raising the bar in his performances when he's scoring goals.The midfielder did just that in an impressive all-round display against Wigan on Sunday when he opened the scoring and quickly followed it up to give us the platform to go on and win an important league fixture 4-0, lifting us up to 14th in the Barclays Premier League.

That perception of JJ’s form in relation to goals was immediately countered by Robbie Keane afterwards. “You have to look at the bigger picture rather than just the goals, the work he does for the team by stopping the opposition playing. You know he scores goals – he got 10 last season, and that’s brilliant for a midfielder. He does so much more as well.”

As reported, JJ smiles when the issue is raised. “A lot of people say that when strikers aren’t scoring goals they aren’t playing well and perhaps that’s a fairer argument but at the same time, especially our strikers, they provide a lot as well.

“Look at the game against Wigan. Berba and Keano were involved in everything but didn’t get on the scoresheet. That obviously doesn’t mean they didn’t play well - people in the game know that’s not the case.

“For me, goals are an added bonus. My main focus is the team and everything I do is geared towards being of benefit to the team, whether that’s tracking runners back and trying to stop the opposition scoring, breaking play up, creating chances – anything I can do for the team and helps us win games is the most important thing.

“Goals are a bonus and if they are there, I’ll try to snap them up.”

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