Burnley 1 Fulham 1: Goalkeeper Brian Jensen is too often the Clarets hero

14 December 2009 12:26
Having gone from second-choice goalkeeper at a club in the Championship's relegation zone to a starring role in the Barclays Premier League in a year, Brian Jensen is used to making rapid progress after being an unfancied outsider.

That is just as well. Now the Dane needs to do it again if he is to keep Burnley in the top flight and earn a ticket to the World Cup.

But the uncapped 34-year-old believes he is so far down the pecking order that the obstacles in his path include a 46-year-old who retired six years ago.

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He said: 'There's probably more chance of Peter Schmeichel coming out of retirement then there is of me getting in. But it's not my decision, it's national team manager Morten Olsen's.

'I'll just try and do my best for Burnley.'

The worry for Burnley is that the overworked Jensen is getting too many chances to stake his claim for a place on the plane to South Africa.

Though he has saved penalties from Manchester United's Michael Carrick and Portsmouth's Aruna Dindane, he has kept only one clean sheet since August.

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Bobby Zamora beat him with a crisp finish on Saturday, but a series of stops began with a second-minute block to deny Erik Nevland and a fine parry to thwart Damien Duff.

'I'm the last line of defence,' added Jensen.

'That's what I'm paid to do.'

His acrobatics and Wade Elliott's fine volley denied Fulham a first win at Turf Moor since 1951. While Jensen is open about his international ambitions, Fulham manager Roy Hodgson is adamant he won't tip the in-form Zamora or anyone else for a cap.

And Hodgson, who went to the World Cup as Switzerland boss in 1994, admits he will return there with a weakened side when Fulham face Basle in the Europa League on Wednesday.

'We won't even be playing what we consider to be our best team. It isn't of vital importance,' said Hodgson, who hopes Andrew Johnson will be available at last.

BURNLEY (4-2-3-1): Jensen 7; Mears 6, Carlisle 7, Caldwell 5, Jordan 4; Alexander 7, Bikey 6 (McDonald 77min); Eagles 6 (Guerrero 86), Elliott 7, Blake 6 (Nugent 56, 7); Fletcher 6.

FULHAM (4-4-2): Schwarzer 6; Pantsil 7, Hughes 6, Hangeland 7, Konchesky 6; Duff 8, Baird 7, Greening 7, Dempsey 7; Nevland 6 (Gera 77), Zamora 8. Booked: Greening, Konchesky.

Man of the match: Damien Duff.

Referee: Mike Jones.

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Source: Daily_Mail