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'A moment of inspiration'

Posted on 26 November 2012  - 01:30

Andre Villas-Boas described Jermain Defoe's opener as 'absolutely decisive' in Sunday's 3-1 win against West Ham.

It looked like our dominance of the first half was going to go unrewarded when the striker stepped up to the plate in the 44th minute.

Kyle Walker drilled in a pass to Jermain on the right touchline, just inside West Ham's half.

He controlled in an instant, spun away from George McCartney and Winston Reid and headed towards the Hammers' area. He then checked back onto his right foot, a move that lost Mark Noble, before letting fly into the corner from 22 yards.

We were quickly on the front foot again in the second half, Gareth Bale made it 2-0 on 58 minutes and JD tapped into an empty net from Aaron Lennon's assist six minutes later. Andy Carroll headed a late consolation for the visitors.

"The goal from JD was a moment of inspiration," said Andre.

"It was absolutely fantastic. It’s what we need at times, for an individual to step up, and Jermain did that.

"The performance was outstanding, just what we needed, but that first goal was absolutely decisive in unlocking the game."