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Massive games - JJ

Posted on 23 December 2008  - 12:00

Jermaine Jenas had no hesitation in describing our matches over the festive period as 'massive'.

Massive games - JJ

Jermaine Jenas had no hesitation in describing our matches over the festive period as 'massive'.

A busy spell of Premier League and cup football over Christmas and New Year kicks-off against Fulham at the Lane on Boxing Day (1pm).

We then travel to The Hawthorns to face West Brom on Sunday, December 28 (2pm) before our FA Cup third round tie at home to Wigan on Friday, January 2 (8pm).

That's followed by Burnley at the Lane for the first leg of our Carling Cup semi-final on Tuesday, January 6 (8pm).

"Every game is vital at the moment especially with the position we're in in the league," said JJ, who hopes to return from a calf injury to face Fulham. "We're in a dogfight and we all know that, the teams we're now playing are in and around us and we don't want to be losing points in those games.

"The picture in the league has changed so much. We were up to 14th the other day and now we've slipped back after Newcastle. That's the way it is this season.

"We have to put a few decent results together and hopefully we'll get away from it."

Fulham impressed in a 2-0 win against us at Craven Cottage back on November 15 - it was our first defeat under Harry Redknapp - and that kick-started a seven-match unbeaten run, taking Roy Hodgson's men up to eighth in the Premier League.

"They are doing really well," added JJ. "They seem to have a great spirit, they work hard as a team and the front two in Bobby (Zamora) and AJ (Andy Johnson) cause you problems and will always nick a goal.

"They give you nothing and you have to perform well to get anything out of them - that will be the case again on Boxing Day.

"I saw the teams that came up and West Brom was a team I fancied to do well because they are a footballing side, they passed their way into the Premier League but unfortunately they haven't picked up the points.

"They managed a good result against City though on Sunday and I'm sure they'll be confident now.

"We need to be getting closer to Fulham and getting away from West Brom, so these games are important."