Jensen looks back at memorable Burnley stay
Clarets stalwart Brian Jensen admits the play-off victory at Wembley in 2009 is his abiding memory of his 10 years at Turf Moor.
Even more so than the victory over reigning champions Manchester United in the club’s first home game in the Premier League - in which he saved a Michael Carrick penalty against the team he supports.
Jensen has been allowed to leave Burnley at the end of his testimonial season, with manager Sean Dyche unable to guarantee him first team football.
But he looks back on his time fondly, especially the incredible promotion year: “It was just the perfect combination of everybody, on and off the pitch, even the wives all got on together.
“We could go out as a team and they would look after themselves.
“They were seeing each other on a daily basis, same as us, and that is why it worked so well.
“When you are coming in with a smile on your face and you’re enjoying it, and you know everything is good at home as well, everything falls into place.
“But the play-off final was the moment, because of the whole story leading up to it.
“Personally, Manchester United - the first home game in the Premier League against my team, the penalty save, it was a fairytale - but the play-off final stands out, playing for promotion to the best league in the world.
“It was outstanding. We were underdogs, but we all knew that wasn’t the case, we were comfortable and going to enjoy the occasion and make sure we were promoted, and we did.
“If we had taken our chances it could have been more comfortable.
“I didn’t have too much to do, so credit to the lads.”
On the downside, coming within 147 seconds of earning a place in the Carling Cup Final, again in 2009, was a low: “Relegation was a massive blow, but I didn’t cry, I was extremely disappointed. But after the Tottenham game I cried, that was the lowest point by a country mile.
“To shed a tear for football, that’s when you know it’s a low point.”
And the best player he played with in his 10 years? “Grezza for his professionalism, but you can’t ignore Robbie Blake can you?”
‘The Beast’ reveals his top Burnley saves
“One was in injury time at Valley Parade, when we won 2-1, Reading at home - a save from Andre Bikey and then one I tipped onto the post.
I asked myself ‘how did you do that?’ Against Leeds I had a one-handed save to my right, but even though we lost 4-0 at Leicester in 2011, I prevented Paul Gallagher from scoring his hat-trick down to my right - a really good save.
Then there was a save from a point-blank header from Mark Hudson at Palace, and one from Jobi McAnuff curling into the far corner.”