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OFF THE MARK

Posted on 22 August 2007  - 12:00

Jermaine Jenas believes the resounding victory over Derby County will provide a platform for further points gathering in the weeks to come.

Jermaine Jenas believes the resounding victory over Derby County will provide a platform for further points gathering in the weeks to come.The midfielder was a stand-out performer at the Lane on Saturday, dominant in midfield and the scorer of a superb goal after a sprint with the ball from the halfway line.

"This is what we were waiting for, we know we had a poor start to the season, but we also knew that once we got our first win our form could develop from that," explained JJ, who reasoned that expectations are generally high and a good start is desired by every club but obviously doesn't work out that way for all.

"That is the beauty of this league, there is nothing guaranteed and everyone is taking points off each other at the moment. It makes for an exciting season for the public, but it can bring frustration and you have just got to let the season take shape."

The 24-year-old realises the value of the early goal against Derby that led to a convincing display, while he also acknowledges that the performances in our opening two games were not up to scratch.

"I said to Keano before the game that if we got the early goal it would set the tone for the rest of the match. Luckily enough we got it and it did just that.

"We weren't happy with ourselves before and we were never going to be. We expect to win games, especially at home, while away it is difficult at times. We were disappointed to have played two games with no points, we all had to look at ourselves and knew we had to raise it.

"We're all very proud people, this is our job and if it is not going well you have to work harder and adjust it."