Jensen gives Howe headache at Clarets
BRIAN Jensen admits it still hurts him to be sitting things out at Turf Moor as he hopes to have handed Burnley boss Eddie Howe a selection poser.
The Clarets goalkeeper saved three from the spot against Plymouth Argyle to book Burnley's place in the Capital One Cup third round with a 3-2 win – making it five out of five shoot-out successes for the Dane in 10 seasons at Turf Moor.
His last was against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge in 2008, when the Clarets went on to reach the Carling Cup semi-finals, narrowly missing out on a place in the final after losing to Spurs in extra time of the second leg.
Jensen hopes they can go one better this season but his first target is to win back the gloves.
Lee Grant was picked to start the campaign, but after making an impact on his first appearance, Jensen hopes to have put pressure on his place.
“It's just to say 'I'm still here'. I'm not just here to sit it out, because it hurts. It really frustrates me but I have to take it on the chin and keep going,” said the Dane, who puts his penalty prowess down to confidence.
“I'm just comfortable with it. Obviously my record speaks for itself – I haven't lost one.
“I was probably 16 when I had my first penalty shoot-out when we played one of the small local sides back home. It was a little bit of a derby game and I saved the last one and scored. It was 12-11.
“It's gone on from there. I haven't lost one since I was 16.
“If you count the Isle of Man (pre-season tournament) I've had six shoot-outs with Burnley – Chesterfield, Wolves, Grimsby, and the big one - small team Chelsea – (and Plymouth).
“I feel comfortable, I don't feel any pressure, and I actually enjoy it. That might be the difference.
“Where maybe other goalkeepers are a little bit nervous I actually see it as a bit of banter.
“You take it seriously but in a different way, so you're not so serious as well.”
Plymouth forced extra time after Charlie Austin's first-half opener was cancelled out by Robbie Williams' last minute penalty.
The left back took the first for the Pilgrims in the shoot-out, and Jensen executed the first of his three saves.
“I was happy that the player who scored was going to take the first penalty. I had a funny feeling that he was going to go to the same side again,” he said.
“It's always easier when they've already taken a penalty beforehand, because he is under more pressure.
“If he scores that penalty then fair play to him.”
Meanwhile Howe is targeting a loan signing before the transfer window closes tomorrow night.
Wigan striker Callum McManaman and Swansea City forward Stephen Dobbie have been linked with the Clarets. Brett Pitman could also be an option for Howe as he looks to bolster his front line before the 11pm deadline.
But it is likely that Bristol City would only be interested in a permanent deal for the former Bournemouth striker, who has slipped down the pecking order under manager Derek McInnes, and Howe confirmed that, at the moment, he is only looking at loans.