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Clean sheet was a good start, says Bury's new number one goalkeeper Brian Jensen
BRIAN Jensen may not have been able to celebrate his league debut with three points, but for the big Danish goalkeeper a clean sheet is a good start.
It was only Bury’s second of the season and the 38-year-old stopper believes the team has the attacking quality to build on it as the season progresses.
“It’s just a question of time before we get ourselves in front,” said Jensen, who signed for the Shakers on deadline day but had only previously played one match for the club – a 2-1 defeat at Port Vale in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy.
“We just had to get back to basics, stick to our clean sheets and make sure we got at least a point.
“If we can nick a goal then suddenly we’re winning games instead of drawing them.”
Jensen was given his starting chance following the departure of Trevor Carson to Portsmouth on a three-month loan.
With Rob Lainton out for up to eight weeks with a fractured shoulder, the veteran keeper now has an opportunity to stake his claim.
“It’s only my second game in quite a long time but I was quite happy with it,” he said.
“You just have to get used to the pace of the game, it’s all about match fitness now. There’s certain things you can’t replicate in training.”
That goes for attacking play as well, according to Jensen, who has seen first hand the goalscoring potential in the side.
“Sometimes it just doesn’t go for the strikers and the only thing they can do is keep working hard on the training ground,” he said.
“They had a good training session the other week and me and Trevor were saying ‘I don’t think we’re saving anything’. They were doing really well but they’ll get back to that.”
The fact Jensen had an immediate impact on the fortunes of the Bury defence may have been down to a not-so-subtle warning from his new manager.
Kevin Blackwell was quick to remind the former Burnley stopper of the part he played in the Turf Moor outfit’s 2009 Championship play-off final victory over his Sheffield United side.
“He owes me one because he stopped me getting into the Premier League,” said Blackwell, through gritted teeth. “He had an outstanding game for Burnley, so listen, he owes me and this would be a nice place for him to pay it back.”
Whether or not Jensen pays Blackwell back with interest could also determine Carson’s future. The Northern Ireland international finally left the club last week after a summer move to Bradford fell through.
But the Bury boss refused to rule out a return for Carson if the high-earner’s spell at Fratton Park does not work out.
He added: “The chairman is still looking at the finances of the football club. We know the heavy wages of a number of players almost killed the club.
“It had nothing to do with Trevor’s ability or anything. He’s a great lad, an absolutely first-class professional – it was a purely financial decision.”
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