Jenko - Why a fast start is so important

Carl Jenkinson
Carl Jenkinson

We found ourselves a goal down against Paris Saint-Germain after just 18 minutes on Wednesday - and it is a feeling Carl Jenkinson only knows too well of late.

The right back has started our last two games in Hector Bellerin’s absence, against the French champions and Manchester United, and both times we have had to fight back from behind to secure a point.

“At Manchester United we especially didn't start at our best and [against PSG] similarly,” Jenkinson said. “It is something we have got to be aware of because it has happened a couple of times lately.

“You can look at it as a tough night, but it is always going to be when playing a top team. I think we played well, the head to head rule is very frustrating, I'm not a fan of that and I think it is a shame. I think we played well and it is unfortunate that we didn't hold on to the win but that is life.

“To go behind against a team of this calibre and then to come back, we have got a lot of character in this squad and we are showing it time and time again and on another day we win tonight, so it is frustrating but that is football.

“It makes a big difference, not just at this level but in the Premier League as well. You look at the stats and whoever scores the first goal, they generally go on to win the game. We have let that drop a bit lately and if we get the goal first, nine times out of 10 we win and we need to get back to doing that.”


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