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IN ALL THE WAY FOR JJ

Posted on 24 October 2005  - 12:00

One simple word from Michael Carrick once the ball took flight convinced Jermaine Jenas that his 72nd minute free-kick was destined to result in his second goal for the team in two games.

One simple word from Michael Carrick once the ball took flight convinced Jermaine Jenas that his 72nd minute free-kick was destined to result in his second goal for the team in two games.

With us a goal behind to Manchester United when the kick was awarded in a central position a few yards outside the area the late-summer recruit from Newcastle United reaped the benefit of a training ground session with Clive Allen last week.

A few of the usual suspects made their way towards the ball when the whistle went for Rio Ferdinand's foul, but it was a determined Jermaine who strode forward with the most purpose.

"It was great for me," he said with a beaming smile in the Old Trafford tunnel. "We'd been working on it in training - me and Michael Carrick - with Clive all Thursday. I fancied the free-kick straight away.

"Jermain initially wanted it, but we spoke and he knew we'd been working on it and I'd hit a few good ones. The lads put their faith in me and luckily enough I repaid them.

When it left my foot I heard Michael behind me and he just said 'yup' and it was a great feeling

While Jermaine is happy for a few plaudits to travel in his direction, he was quick to point out the contribution of the whole team for the character shown in coming back from a goal behind.

"My goal aside - which is a delight on a personal level - the whole team were exceptional in terms of the grit and determination. The lads at the back, Daws and Ledley, were brilliant and praise has to be given to everyone.

"It was one of those games and, if you look back at it, we had the better chances in the second half and we were in their half a lot more than they were in ours. Do you carry on attacking or just take your point? We got our point in the end and we are pleased."

Meanwhile, the England international has pledged to cut short any future goal celebrations after the game just about re-started while the boys were still saluting our travelling support.