Jenko: Our dressing room is fired up

Carl Jenkinson insisted his Hammers’ teammates are more motivated than ever to secure a top half finish following the 2-0 defeat to Manchester City on Sunday. 

City's goals came courtesy of a freak James Collins own goal followed by a swift counter attack finished coolly by Sergio Aguero, and that was enough to collect the three points for the Citizens. 

Speaking after the match, the 23-year-old right back said:  “Our dressing room is fired up. If you go in the dressing room after the game people aren’t resting on their laurels, people aren’t happy finishing mid table. 

“We want to kick on, we’ve got things to prove because we’ve been on a bad run recently and we want to put that right for us and the fans.”

Jenkinson continued to praise a City squad comprising of world class players, particularly Sergio Aguero and Joe Hart, both of which put in impressive displays. 

Describing how tough it is to play against the current Premier League champions, especially away at the Etihad Stadium, the defender explained: “City were good, I always expected a backlash because results haven’t been going their way. 

“It’s what you expect when you play a City side, they’ve got world class players all over the pitch and they showed it at times. 

“It is tough because they’ve got players rotating all the time, sometimes it’s hard to know who to mark with players coming in and out of different positions.”

Despite catching City in a dominant mood, Jenkinson maintained that the Hammers had put in a resolute performance while Enner Valencia showed glimpses of being back to his best after recovering from injury. 

“To be honest I thought we defended well, the first goal was a bit of a freak goal and the second was something that could’ve been avoided. 

“It was difficult once we conceded the first goal like that, it took the stuffing out of us a little bit. I thought we had defended well right up until that point. Obviously it was disappointing but these things happen, there’s no one pointing the finger at Ginge. 

“Enner looks very confident at the moment and I’m happy for him because he’s been out for a few weeks. He’s been very sharp in training and he’s showed it today with his run in the second half. 

“I’m happy for him and we’re going to need him because it looks like we’re going to be without Diafra Sakho for a while. It’s good for Enner because it looks like he’ll play a big part for us for the rest of the season.”    

Up next for the Hammers is a short trip across London to play Queens Park Rangers. With the R’s fighting for their Premier League status, Jenkinson is expecting a stern test come Saturday afternoon.  

“Of course Queens Park Rangers need every point they can get but so do we. We want to finish as high up the league table as possible, after they start we had we’re not just going to accept a mid-table finish. QPR need the points but we need to play our part 100 per cent.”