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First goal key - JD

Posted on 30 September 2011  - 12:00

Jermain Defoe said it was all about staying positive after Shamrock Rovers took a shock lead in Thursday night's Europa League clash at the Lane.

Jermain Defoe said it was all about staying positive after Shamrock Rovers took a shock lead in Thursday night's Europa League clash at the Lane.

We dominated the first half but simply couldn't find a way through against the League of Ireland champions.

'JD' and Danny Rose hit the woodwork, goalkeeper Richard Brush made key saves and Roman Pavlyuchenko's header was cleared off the line.

The visitors went ahead five minutes into the second half after their first effort on goal as Carlo Cudicini palmed away Gary McCabe's free-kick only for Stephen Rice to divert home Pat Sullivan's follow up shot.

Undetered - and with JD buzzing around everywhere - we struck back with three goals in six minutes from Pav, JD and Giovani to secure a 3-1 victory.

"We controlled the game throughout and it was a typical cup-tie, we had chances, hit the crossbar twice and the keeper made some unbelievable saves in the first half," said Jermain.

"They then got one chance and scored!

"Even then you have to be positive and think you are going to get the goal and once we scored, I knew we would get another.

"The manager said to us, 'just get the first goal' and we knew the second and third would follow.

"I’ve always said every game is difficult, no matter who you play against, but once we scored that first goal I knew we’d go on to win the game."

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Jermain might have scored the second goal but won plaudits all round for his contribution to the third goal, when he won possession midway in our half, sprinted forward 70 yards and slipped the ball to Gio, who thrashed it home.

"I was going to shoot, but Gio was in a better position," he added. "It was a great finish, to be fair. I knew if I passed to him he would score.

"It was the tackle that made it! The lads didn’t know I could tackle like that. I’ve added that to my game!

"Sometimes you still get that same buzz from setting up a goal.

"I was delighted to score again, getting in the habit of scoring and once I’m in a rhythm, I know I can score in every game.