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Fast start key for JD

Posted on 28 January 2009  - 12:00

Jermain Defoe has stressed the importance of our fast start that helped us go three goals up inside the first 25 minutes against Stoke last night.

Fast start key for JD

Jermain Defoe has stressed the importance of our fast start that helped us go three goals up inside the first 25 minutes against Stoke last night.

The striker scored the second of those goals as we recorded our first league win in seven games, taking us up to 13th in the table.

And JD feels the tempo we played with in the first half against Tony Pulis' side is what we had been missing during that winless run.

"It was a massive game and absolutely vital that we got three points, so everyone's delighted with the result," he said.

"The boys have been saying it for a while, but if we do get the first goal, especially at home, I believe that we'll go on and win games.

"We did that and went on to score three in the first half. Perhaps that's the luck that we hadn't been getting in previous games.

"Sometimes it takes a bit of luck but the tempo was brilliant also, and we outplayed them in the first half."

Now Jermain, who has scored three goals in five games since rejoining the Club from Portsmouth earlier this month, believes the challenge will now be to keep up this level of performance until the end of the season.

"When we play like that we will make it difficult for teams because everyone's comfortable on the ball and the movement's good. That's what the manager wants," he added.

"We need to keep this going now and it's amazing when you look at the table, because another couple of wins and you're right up there."