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LENNON KNOWS THE SCORE

Posted on 27 October 2005  - 12:00

Aaron Lennon is fully aware of what the outcome of Saturday's North London Derby means in these parts - quite a few people seem to have mentioned it to him!

Aaron Lennon is fully aware of what the outcome of Saturday's North London Derby means in these parts - quite a few people seem to have mentioned it to him!

The Yorkshireman, who has made such an impact in his eight starts so far this season following his transfer from Leeds United, is expected to feature in his first N17-N5 derby clash and it is fair to say he has been quickly bought up to speed on the magnitude of doing well in the encounter.

"Everyone I have spoken to has told me this is the most important game of the season," said the 18-year-old. "Some fans have said as long as you win this game we'll be happy. I know it means a lot to the people down here and I reckon it will be a great game.

"A lot of people have said 'if you do well in this game you'll be a local hero' and stuff like that. The most important thing is to play well and hopefully get the result. We are in third and flying at the moment and there is no reason why we can't get the three points. There is definitely no fear - especially with playing at home.

"I love playing there and the fans have been brilliant to me and have given me a great reception in every game. I look forward to playing there every time."

Meanwhile, Aaron reasons the exposure to Premiership football he has enjoyed since the second game of the season has proved something of a life-changing experience and being so involved in first team affairs has alleviated any early fears of homesickness he might have suffered with such a big move at an early age.

"I am starting to get recognised a bit more, when I go into town people stop and talk to me about football. It is bit weird, I wasn't expecting to play at this stage so it is excellent.

"I think it has helped me a lot. When you are not in the team or not playing, you tend to think about things more and start to worry. Because I am in the side I am just enjoying it, the team is playing well and everything is going great for me."