Jensen: Clarets must keep believing

BY foxsports • February 28, 2010

The Clarets suffered only their third loss of the season at Turf Moor on Saturday, losing 2-1 to a rock-bottom Portsmouth side that played with "free spirit" according to Jensen. Pompey became the first Premier League club to enter administration on Friday, and Jensen feels that alleviated some of their pressure. However, it was not Portsmouth, but captain Clarke Carlisle who was Burnley's main adversary as he gave away two second-half penalties. Jensen managed to save the first of those in the 55th minute from Jamie O'Hara, but he could do nothing about the second 20 minutes later, being sent the wrong way by Hassan Yebda. "I was hoping my first would have given us at least a point, but sadly it didn't, and now we just have to crack on," said Jensen. "In the end the defeat was self inflicted, but I don't want to comment on that. "We know we're in trouble. We just have to turn it around, and away from home. It's a must, and it's what we have to now work on. "As long as we stay together, stay strong, then we will do our very best to stay in this league. "I'm sure we will bounce back, get even stronger, get some points away from home as well. "The table is still tight, and yes we're still down there where we don't want to be, so we can only look up. "We've still a good chance. We've six home games remaining, and a lot of points to play for." They are the kind of words you would expect to hear from any player whose side are one place off the foot of the table after a run of one victory in the last 16 league matches, and are without an away win all season. Boss Brian Laws is struggling to galvanise his players at a time when the stakes are high, and being raised all the time with each game that passes. The boos that followed the final whistle were long and vociferous as Burnley's loyal fans vented their anger and frustration. "The supporters are disappointed because they have seen us shoot ourselves in the foot, and you can't get away from that," remarked Laws. "They knew we were in a strong position, and yet we've thrown it away." Aside from the two penalties, Burnley had the edge in the second half after Martin Paterson had cancelled out Frederic Piquionne's opener in the first. Laws, though, was at a loss to explain Carlisle's errors, although he has no doubts the centre-back will not let such a wretched display get him down. "There is no hiding from it, but Clarke made a right mess of it," assessed Laws. "But he is big enough and brave enough to stand up and be counted, and he is strong enough to bounce back from that. "We all make mistakes in football, and they can be costly, but nobody has a perfect game. "You don't cave in just because you've made a mistake, and it's not as if it's one that has ended our season. It's just made it harder for us." And it doesn't get any harder for Burnley than next Saturday's trip to Arsenal, with Laws adding: "We have to move on and lift ourselves again because this loss was devastating. "We have to have the belief, and if we maintain the commitment we showed in the second half, then I'll be a happy man for it."


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