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ON THE UP

Posted on 23 November 2007  - 12:00

Jermaine Jenas believes the squad have responded well to the work of Juande Ramos and insists it is vital to maintain the momentum.

Jermaine Jenas believes the squad have responded well to the work of Juande Ramos and insists it is vital to maintain the momentum.It is now four games unbeaten since the arrival of the Head Coach, beginning with a Carling Cup victory and a win in the UEFA Cup topped up by crucial Premier League points secured at the expense of Wigan Athletic, with one draw away to Middlesbrough.

"The manager has come in, done what he feels is right for the team and that is building our confidence in terms of us getting a few wins and keeping clean sheets as well," reflected the midfielder, who netted twice last time out against Wigan. "We're only a few games in and hopefully there will be more of the same.

"The natural thing that happens when a new man comes in is that there is an immediate lift. The big thing is maintaining this level of performance," added JJ, who revealed that Spanish humour is being added to the mix out on the training pitch.

"He likes to have a laugh as well though. His English is getting better and better so we are understanding a few of his jokes now! He is good to work with, he has won things and you know that he has got what it takes to win things.

"All he is trying to do is turn us into a successful team and you can feel that. There is a respect there, but he has got that side to him where you can have a laugh with him every now and again."

The next test is presented by West Ham United at Upton Park on Sunday, scene of our dramatic late victory last season - a snatching of three points JJ suspects they will be keen to avenge.

"I would imagine so. The year before they took pleasure in knocking us out of the Champions League, so I think we owed them one. It is always a good game against West Ham and we are looking forward to it, but we will be concentrating on ourselves."

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