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Posted on 3 November 2006  - 12:00

Jermaine Jenas said the fans played their part in the win over Club Brugge at the Lane.

Jermaine Jenas said the fans played their part in the win over Club Brugge at the Lane.

It was another packed house for a UEFA Cup Thursday and the atmosphere was sizzling, especially given that a strong following made their way over from Belgium.

It was the away fans celebrating early on and JJ said the players appreciated the way the supporters stuck with the team before the reward of the equalising goal from Dimitar Berbatov.

"The lads showed some great character and spirit when we went behind - and the fans got right behind us," reflected the midfielder. "The Club Brugge fans did a lot of singing, but our fans were a lot louder for us and we are grateful for it."

Once the team got to grips with the contest and established a dominance, JJ revealed he was always confident that the spoils would follow.

"They dropped off early on and caught us on the counter a few times, but we adjusted to that, dominated in the second half and were always going to get the win."

JJ feels the team are now in good shape to take on the challenge of Champions Chelsea arriving on Sunday.

"We are confident, we needed that after the Watford game, which we all felt was a little bit dull. Chelsea are a top side and were very unlucky not to win in Barcelona.

"We know their qualities, but it will not be easy for them down at the Lane. We have belief in ourselves and have got good enough players to get something out of this game."