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DEFOE LEFT FEELING DANISH BLUE

Posted on 25 January 2006  - 12:00

Jermain Defoe can pinpoint the exact minute when he felt it was not going to be our day against Aston Villa.

Jermain Defoe can pinpoint the exact minute when he felt it was not going to be our day against Aston Villa.

“Yes, the double save from Michael Carrick and Teemu in the second half,†said the striker, looking back at the goalless draw at the Lane on Saturday. “He’s a good keeper Thomas Sorensen, I’ve always rated him.â€Â

The Danish international excelled at the Lane, producing five saves out of the top drawer to earn his side a point. There was only a matter of seconds between the key saves Jermain is referring to in the 78th minute as he first palmed away Michael's piledriver before blocking Teemu's point-blank effort.

Robbie Keane and Michael Brown - Browny’s 20-yarder arguably the best save of the bunch in injury time - were also denied by Sorensen.

Despite the disappointment, Jermain - back up front alongside Robbie Keane - took plenty of positives out of the 90 minutes.

“We watched the video back on Tuesday and, looking at it, I thought we played quite well,†he said.

“It’s always different when you sit down and study it again. We had about 20 shots with something like 13 on target and it was one of those games. We were all disappointed but we felt we played well and were unlucky.â€Â

Villa were happy to sit tight in midfield, soak up pressure and head back to Birmingham with a point, a task they managed to complete. Jermain expects to see a few more teams set out to do the same between now and the end of the season.

“I suppose teams are coming to the Lane and showing us respect thay way,†he added. “It’s difficult, it’s hard to break teams down but we’ve got good players, we score goals and we were just unlucky against Villa. I’m sure if we get a game like that again we’ll get the goals we need."