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DEFOE BOOST

Posted on 13 December 2005  - 12:00

Jermain Defoe admitted it was something of a release when he rattled the net for our third goal against Portsmouth on Monday night.

Jermain Defoe admitted it was something of a release when he rattled the net for our third goal against Portsmouth on Monday night. The little hitman last added to his tally on September 26 with the decisive goal in the 1-0 win over Fulham but got back on the goal trail with his fourth of the season in stoppage time to put an added seal on victory over the side managed by his former boss Harry Redknapp.

"It has been a long time coming," sighed the relieved striker. "It has been frustrating but I have tried to not let it get to me and have kept my head down and worked hard in training. It has paid off here and I am really happy.

"When I got the yard I thought I would take another touch and hit it by his (goalkeeper Jamie Ashdown's) feet. When it went in it was a great feeling and hopefully now I can get many more."

It proved another tough assignment against Premiership struggler and, for the second game in a row, we found ourselves behind. Once again though, the team overcame the setback and emerged as winners to bring our seasonal total up to 30 points.

"It was hard work, to be honest," added Jermain. "Sitting watching on the touchline it looked difficult and they caused us problems with their strong forwards.

"Even though we were a goal down I think we always believed we were going to win the game. We've got a winning mentality now which is important. We won the game and it was good.

"Every game is hard and we knew this one would be with Harry coming in, plus they need the points. We've not dropped many points at home though and the team spirit was great again."