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Didier's goal

Posted on 3 October 2008  - 12:00

Didier Zokora is on a mission on Sunday.

Didier's goal

Didier Zokora is on a mission on Sunday.

The midfielder is determined to mark what will be his 100th appearance for Spurs with his first goal for the club.

Didier went close to breaking his duck again in our UEFA Cup first round, second leg tie at Wisla Krakow on Thursday when he burst through from midfield only to angle his shot inches wide.

"I thought it was in all the way," beamed Didier, who has endured some notable near-misses, none more so than when he bore down on Petr Cech in the final moments of the Carling Cup Final at Wembley, only to see his chance to go down in Spurs folklore denied by the Chelsea keeper. As he later pointed out, thankfully, it didn't matter.

Instead, Didier would love nothing more than to bag goal number one in front of the Lane faithful as he reaches the century on Sunday.

"This is the time for me, maybe it's going to happen on Sunday," stated the Ivory Coast international, delighted after helping us progress in Europe. "It would mean a lot to me."

How would he celebrate? "I don't know what I would do," he laughed.

"I just want to score for the fans, to say a big ‘thanks' because they've supported me so much. That is my dream.

"If I'd have scored against Wisla it would have been the best goal of my career and of course, I want to score but first of all I look at my overall performance for the team. That's all that matters."

With that in mind, making the group stage of the UEFA Cup via Thursday's 1-1 draw in Poland was a key result. "We needed it for confidence," stated Didier. "After we scored the first goal we played much better and we could have scored more.

"It's important for the club to progress in Europe.

"Now we face Hull and I think this result will help with the confidence of the team.

"The players spoke before Thursday's match and we all want to work hard to put it right. It's been a difficult time for us all because Tottenham is a big team and we want to win every game."

For the record, Didier is on 99 senior appearances for the club after Thursday night. His tally comprises 65 matches in the Premier League and 34 in cup competitions. He made his debut at Bolton on August 19, 2006.