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Lads proud of record - JJ

Posted on 15 May 2009  - 12:00

Jermaine Jenas looks at our recent home record and insists: "We needed to start winning games 1-0."

Lads proud of record - JJ

Jermaine Jenas looks at our recent home record and insists: "We needed to start winning games 1-0."

We've done just that at the Lane with four-successive 1-0 wins against Chelsea, West Ham, Newcastle and West Brom initially contributing to our climb up the Premier League and recently keeping us in the running for seventh spot.

"We needed some of these 1-0s, we weren't winning the 1-0s before - we were either drawing or losing," stated midfielder JJ, who scored the winner in the latest of those wins against West Brom.

"We had to start nicking a few 1-0s and grinding out a few 1-0 results to help us climb up the table."

Recent statistics are impressive as we approach our final home game of the season against Manchester City on Saturday.

We've lost just one match in 20 since Harry Redknapp's arrival in October with an unbeaten run stretching to 14 games in all competitions and 10 in the Premier League.

But all eyes are on our home defensive record as long-standing Club records are in sight as we face City.

We have only conceded nine goals at home in the league all season and the Club record is 11 all the way back in 1919-20.

That Club record was for a season in the old Second Division and the record for a top flight campaign is 13 back in 1971-72. The best mark in the Premier League is 16.

Within that record we've now kept six consecutive clean sheets at the Lane, the best since a seven-match sequence between January 24-April 18, 1987. The Club record is eight from February 3-April 30, 1921.

"That is why we are where we are," said JJ. "You have to start at the base and build the foundations and that is to stop goals going in.

"We are firm believers in ourselves and we have creative players, quick players, finishers - we'll always score goals, that's not a problem for us.

"We needed to stop conceding silly goals and the statistics are a credit to the whole team, not just the goalkeeper and the defence, who have been outstanding for us. It's about the whole team.

"It's a better work ethic all round and you take pride in these records.

"It's a big achievement to be where we are even now (after the start to the season) and if we can maintain that, I'm sure we won't go far wrong in the future."

But there was a warning from JJ about the dangers City will bring with them on Saturday.

"They are a team you have to be careful with. They have an abundance of players who can harm you - Ireland has played well, Robinho, Elano - players who are creative and can score goals, so we need to be on the ball."