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INTERVIEW: One of the most important games says Lukas

Goalkeeper targeting another clean sheet against FGR

3 March 2023

Lukas Jensen says tomorrow’s clash against bottom club Forest Green Rovers is ‘one of the most important games of the season.’

Accrington Stanley could get out of the relegation places tomorrow with a win while, if Duncan Ferguson gets his first victory as Rovers boss, it could drag the Reds deep into the relegation fight.

Burnley loan goalkeeper Jensen has been back in the team over the last six games and kept three clean sheets in that, replacing Toby Savin who has gone on loan to League Two promotion chasers Stevenage.

“It is one of the most important games of the season, at home game against Forest Green Rovers, that will hopefully will be three points," said the 23-year-old.

“We need to look at the teams around us and make sure we perform well in those games. I am not saying we shouldn’t perform well in other games, but these are just a bit more important because they are teams around us and to get three points in this game will boost everything massively around the club.”

Jensen has kept seven League One clean sheets this season in the 17 games he has played and his aim is to get to double figures.

“It’s been great being back, what I have been looking forward to. I feel like I have been training well so to get the chance is something I wanted.

“I am happy to come in and see the team performing, we need to get more points but to see the back four, back five and, with me, back six performing the way we are, three clean sheets in five games in the league, it’s very positive and something we will build on.

“We just need to score a few more goals and I am sure the points will come.

"I set myself a target, I wanted a certain amount of clean sheets, and to get double digits in a season is a good goal, a good target and I am three off that now.”

He admits he is relishing being back in the No 1 role.

“When you go on loan, you want to play and when I look back at other loan spells, I haven’t played that many games.

“So first of all to get the chance is massive for me and something I always be grateful for. It’s kind of my breakthrough season and I am determined to do well and hopefully I will keep on until the end of the season.

“You need to get match fit when you have been out 8-10 weeks, you need a few games to get going again and I feel like I have reached a good level now and can build on it and bring more clean sheets.”

He admits the relegation battle is talked about in the Reds’ dressing room and they are desperate to climb out of the bottom four.

“It’s massive, we all talk about how we have got to stay in it. The budget Accrington has to other teams, it’s not the biggest, but to push on in League One and stay there is unbelievable to keep doing that.

“The goal is to stay in League One and do as well as possible, everyone knows the task.”

The full pre-match interview with Lukas Jensen is available to watch on the club's official YouTube channel, CLICK HERE to find out more!

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