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Jensen: Instinct was the key

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Burnley penalty hero Brian Jensen has admitted he was forced to rely on pure instinct to keep out Michael Carrick's spot-kick in the 1-0 win at Turf Moor last night.

Normally the Dane would have done a bit of homework beforehand to give himself the best possible chance of being successful in his one-on-one duel. On this occasion, it was impossible.

"I was completely in the dark," said the 35-year-old after the 1-0 victory. "Cristiano Ronaldo has taken penalties for Manchester United so often that I didn't have a clue what Carrick was going to do."

He added: "You can talk about mind games as much as you like but in the end it came down to pure instinct. There was no key to it, that's for sure."

In fact, Jensen was slightly surprised to be facing Carrick given Wayne Rooney and Michael Owen were on the pitch.

"Rooney and Owen both could have taken it I suppose," he said.

"Mind you, when I looked in the programme and saw Rooney was the star man, I thought it should be star men really.

"They are a quality side. One result does not change that."

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