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JJ - RIGHT RESPONSE

Posted on 7 April 2008  - 12:00

Jermaine Jenas felt the manner of the performance at Blackburn gave the right response to the disappointing defeat at home to Newcastle last time out.

Jermaine Jenas felt the manner of the performance at Blackburn gave the right response to the disappointing defeat at home to Newcastle last time out.

Dimitar Berbatov opened the scoring from JJ's cross after seven minutes as we dominated the opening exchanges at Ewood Park.

However, we only had one goal to show for such a bright start, Rovers hit back via Morten Gamst Pedersen on the half-hour and the second half was even - Brad Friedel saved from Malbranque and Berbatov while David Bentley was denied what looked like a decent penalty shout late on.

“We were all disappointed to lose in the manner we did against Newcastle, we know we are better than that," insisted JJ.

“We needed to have a look at ourselves, we worked hard all week in training and it was about putting it right. We knew it would be tough but we feel we’ve done that.”

The midfielder agreed with Juande Ramos' summing up that we should have capitalised more on our first half display.

“Given the first half performance we could have taken all three points but Blackburn came out in the second half and put us under more pressure,” he said.

“If there was a time to win the game, it was in that first half. We played some great football, got the early goal and had a couple of chances after that but didn’t manage to take them. The football was encouraging. It was entertaining, free-flowing and great to be involved in.

“It’s never easy to go to Blackburn and get anything but I think we’re reasonably happy to go back with a point.”

And there was a word for the fans who travelled in great numbers all the way to Lancashire on a freezing afternoon. “We can’t applaud them enough,” he stated. “We got stuffed last week and they could have stayed at home and watched it on television later but they always travel in numbers, they are loud and they drive us on.”

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