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PENALTY PAID

Posted on 12 February 2007  - 12:00

Jermaine Jenas believes we paid the price for conceding set pieces in dangerous areas against Sheffield United on Saturday.

Jermaine Jenas believes we paid the price for conceding set pieces in dangerous areas against Sheffield United on Saturday.After dictating play in the early periods and going ahead through Jermaine's fine strike on two minutes, United pressurised from corners and free-kicks and soon profited when Rob Hulse connected with a Colin Kazim-Richards corner and the ball headed downwards before landing in the back of our net.

Hulse and Jon Stead proved a constant threat from the aerial assault and the home side clinched victory in the second half when another corner was not cleared and Teemu Tainio was adjudged to have fouled Stephen Quinn just inside our penalty area. Phil Jagielka thumped home the spot kick.

"We know how good we can be, but we also know we've got to start coming away from home and picking up results," reasoned JJ after the game. "To do that we need to start being a little bit more resilient than we were this time.

"We knew the game was going to be how it was, with the conditions and the pitch. It is not an excuse because it was the same for them.

"They didn't create too much, it was the set pieces that cost us and we gave away too many corners. It was a good start and it was up to us to maintain, but we didn't."