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It was time to stand up - JJ

Posted on 21 October 2010  - 12:00

Jermaine Jenas revealed that the talk in the dressing room at half-time at the San Siro was all about salvaging pride against Inter Milan.

It was time to stand up - JJ

Jermaine Jenas revealed that the talk in the dressing room at half-time at the San Siro was all about salvaging pride against Inter Milan.

Our dream tie in the Champions League had quickly turned into a nightmare.

As Harry Redknapp later described, the team was ‘bang in trouble' as they headed back down the tunnel at the interval, 4-0 down against the Italian title winners and Champions League holders.

Inter scored after one, 10, 14 and 35 minutes and to add to our woes, we were down to 10 men as early as that tenth minute with goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes sent off for a foul on Jonathan Biabiany.

So what was it like out there - and in the dressing room at the interval?

"You look at what's going on and start to worry," reflected JJ, who had a fine match in central midfield.

"I remember thinking ‘we need to get ourselves in order here' and we got to half-time, had a chat and said to each other that it was time to stand up, to salvage some pride and show some guts and determination.

"Fair play to all the lads, we came out fighting. We got the goal early, Gareth Bale was magnificent and we came out of it with some respect in the end.

"But that's not to hide the problems we caused ourselves in the first half.

"Our downfall came in the first half and the problems we caused ourselves.

"We gave ourselves such a mountain to climb. We nearly climbed it, but fell short in the end. The feeling I had at 90 minutes was that I wished we had five more."