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BIGGEST YET FOR JD

Posted on 24 January 2007  - 12:00

Jermain Defoe doesn't hesitate when asked if tonight's Carling Cup semi-final, first leg against Arsenal will be the biggest game of his career to date.

Jermain Defoe doesn't hesitate when asked if tonight's Carling Cup semi-final, first leg against Arsenal will be the biggest game of his career to date.

"Definitely," said the striker. "I can't wait for it and if I score I'll go crazy!"

'JD' has blazed a goal trail so far in the Carling Cup with four goals in three ties including the winner against Southend in December's quarter-final.

He knows exactly what this semi-final - the first leg at home tonight, the second at the Emirates on Wednesday January 31 - means to everyone connected with the Club.

"For us - and I suppose it's the same for both teams - it's like a final," he added. "It's a massive tie that means so much to the Club and the fans and we're all looking forward to it.

"The last-time I played in a two-legged semi-final was for West Ham youth team actually against Arsenal and we beat them, so if we can do the same here it will be great.

"It's a big test for us but we're confident, especially in the way we've been playing at home. We're creating chances and we know the fans will be right up for it, no doubts about that.

"The first game is vital and if we can score a couple of goals it will be ideal. The atmosphere will be electric."