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Strong display - JJ

Posted on 13 May 2009  - 12:00

Jermaine Jenas was impressed with the performance at high-flying Everton.

Strong display - JJ

Jermaine Jenas was impressed with the performance at high-flying Everton.

Harry Redknapp employed a new 5-3-2 system with three central defenders, Alan Hutton and Gareth Bale as wing-backs, JJ and Tom Huddlestone achoring the midfield with Luka Modric floating in behind strikers Robbie Keane and Jermain Defoe.

We dominated the first half and there were spells where the home side simply couldn't get the ball off us.

Unfortunately, we couldn't find the breakthrough in a game of few chances and the Toffees grew stronger as the game progressed without really threatening. It ended goalless at Goodison.

"The first half was good," reflected JJ back at Spurs Lodge. "For us to adapt to a different system and play so well in that first half was pleasing for us as a team and showed the manager that we can adapt to different formations if we need to.

"We dominated in that first half and if we'd have scored then we'd have been in a great position to go on and win it.

"They put us under pressure in the second half but we were so dominant at the back and I never felt they were going to score.

"Overall, it was a good performance. Even though we didn't win, it was one of the strongest and steadiest performances away from home against a good side who could well finish fifth."