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JJ UP FOR THE CUP

Posted on 19 March 2007  - 12:00

Jermaine Jenas reckons tonight's FA Cup quarter-final against Chelsea is right up there with the biggest games of his career.

Jermaine Jenas reckons tonight's FA Cup quarter-final against Chelsea is right up there with the biggest games of his career.The midfielder missed the initial 3-3 draw at Stamford Bridge with a groin injury but made a goalscoring return in Saturday’s 3-1 win against Watford in the Premiership.

“Yes, this game is certainly up there,” replied JJ when asked how important the replay was to both him personally and the team. “The FA Cup has a real passion about it this season, especially with the final at the new Wembley Stadium.

“Everyone wants to be there. It would be a dream, we’re all striving to be there and it’s hard not to think about it but we have to focus on Chelsea and if we get through, we’ve still a very tough semi-final against Blackburn to think about as well, so there is a long way to go.”

Even though he wasn’t there, JJ felt the lads’ pain at relinquishing a 3-1 lead at Stamford Bridge last Sunday. “Like everyone else, I was massively disappointed we didn’t win because I felt we deserved to on the day,” he added.

“We’ve beaten them at the Lane already this season and the lads are in the right spirit to go and do it again. Chelsea are a top team and any game against them anywhere will be hard. We expect that but it will be the same for them.”

Back to Premiership matters, JJ’s towering header just before half-time proved the catalyst for the lads to go on and secure the three points against a dogged Watford.

“It was great to get back on the goalscoring trail, that was just what I wanted and more importantly, another win,” he said.

“It was one of those games where you need something to spark the team off. We didn’t start that well, the first half-hour was a bit sloppy and we allowed them into the game too much but as soon as I scored I felt we got on top.”


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