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JJ'S JOY

Posted on 14 November 2007  - 12:00

Jermaine Jenas felt the cushion of a second goal was key as we pushed on for a convincing win against Wigan.

Jermaine Jenas felt the cushion of a second goal was key as we pushed on for a convincing win against Wigan.

The midfielder provided the quick one-two himself with goals after 13 and 26 minutes and it was 3-0 at the break thanks to Aaron Lennon’s fine volley.

JJ was denied a hat-trick by the linesman’s flag in a dominant second half display that saw Darren Bent complete the scoring and both Dimitar Berbatov and Younes Kabouk strike the woodwork.

Wary of a number of games this season when we’ve lost a 1-0 lead, JJ reasoned: “We always know we’re going to score goals but getting to a more comfortable scoreline like 2-0 or 3-0 and controlling the game, that’s when we were able to show the skill and the flair and be able to express ourselves.

“With the ability in the squad one thing we don’t have to worry about is scoring goals with the likes of Keano, Berba, Benty and Jamma (Jermain Defoe) around.

“We’re an attacking force and with others also pitching in with goals, it’s something that comes naturally to us. As long as we don’t leak goals defensively as team, which is something we’ve been working in, then we should win a lot more games.

“The most important thing to come out of Sunday was three points and we can now start climbing the table. Keeping another clean sheet was a big plus as well and it will give us a lot of confidence.”

JJ of course had a double celebration – his girlfriend Sabrina gave birth to their first child, baby girl Sancha Natasha, last week.

“The goals were a tribute to her, really,” beamed JJ. “It’s a new experience in life.

“My first love has always been football and then a baby comes along and there is something more important in life.

“It’s fantastic, I’m enjoying it. I’ve not really had any sleepless nights because my girlfriend has been brilliant. She knows I’ve got games and can’t get interrupted, so she’s probably more responsible for the goals than I was.”

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