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JJ'S CALL

Posted on 8 November 2005  - 12:00

Jermaine Jenas says the team must return to winning ways against Bolton after creditable, if not fully profitable, points returns in our last two outings against Manchester United and Arsenal.

Jermaine Jenas says the team must return to winning ways against Bolton after creditable, if not fully profitable, points returns in our last two outings against Manchester United and Arsenal.

It says something for the attitude and belief within the squad at the moment when there is disappointment in the air following strong performances against the two most successful sides of the last 10 years or so.

The players feel, certainly against Arsenal, that the game should have been won - and would have if further chances had been capitalised on following Ledley King's first half headed goal.

"All in all, the players had a bit of a bitter taste in their mouths after the game and the day after because we knew it was there to be won," reflected JJ. "To be fair to Arsenal though, they came out in the second half and caused us a few problems.

"It is the mentality we have got, we go into these games believing we can win and it was no different against Arsenal. Maybe we should have put the game to bed in the first half and we had the chances to do it. We are a young side but we need to learn to kill teams off.

Some of it might be down to experience or just missing the odd chances - that happens in games

Arsenal came out and played a bit differently in the second half and there might have been a few tired legs, which didn't help. The boys played well though and it was a good performance."

Next it is off to Bolton Wanderers' Reebok Stadium tonight for the televised encounter for the 22-year-old and his teammates - a venue JJ has experienced already this season and and came away with a 2-0 defeat while still with Newcastle.

"We do look good, but we have got to get back to winning ways now," he added. "Like I said after the Manchester United game, it is about not getting carried away or too excited. It is about each game as it comes and we've got a tough one at Bolton.

"I've already been to Bolton this season with Newcastle and it was anything but an easy game. I think the lads know enough about Bolton - especially with how well they've done over the last couple of seasons - to know what it is going to be like and we are going to be going up there to hopefully get the win.

"They have got a great aerial threat and anything around the box like throw-ins come right at you. It is about us defending our box, but the way Ledley and Daws have been defending it of late will make it hard for them."