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PRAISE FOR JJ

Posted on 25 April 2007  - 12:00

Chris Hughton insists there is more to come from Jermaine Jenas after the midfielder's stunning late strike against Arsenal took him past his best goal tally for a season.

Chris Hughton insists there is more to come from Jermaine Jenas after the midfielder's stunning late strike against Arsenal took him past his best goal tally for a season.

Our latest derby clash at the Lane looked lost when, with seconds left in added time, 'JJ' drilled into the bottom corner from 25 yards to secure a 2-2 draw.

That made it eight goals for the campaign for the England regular, topping his previous best of seven at Newcastle United in 2002-03 and his first season at Spurs last term.

All the more impressive is that JJ has scored his goals after appearing in 31 of our 55 games so far - he missed a run of 14 matches after fracturing his ankle at Arsenal on December 2, an injury that sidelined him for the best part of two months.

"With JJ, in any game, even if it’s not his best game, you still know he will cover a lot of ground and you still know he’s likely to pop up with a goal - that’s a great asset to have," said coach Chris.

"It’s eight goals this season, a season where we’ve played more games but he’s been out for a couple of spells.

"I've no doubts that if he’d played all the way through, he could well be in double-figures by now. I've also no doubts that there is more to come from him."

Chris agreed that it took a brave decision for JJ to go for goal as the seconds ticked away - many players might have looked for a pass with the risk of what could have been the final chance of the match ending up amongst the fans in Paxton Road.

"It certainly shows a confidence in your own ability," he added. "At that stage of the game, many players wouldn’t have shot because it would be seen as a wasted opportunity if it went wrong, so they would look to continue building the play for a better chance.

"JJ has that confidence and it was a great way to finish the game."




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