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Posted on 10 March 2008  - 12:00

Gilberto dedicated his goal against West Ham to his team-mates.

Gilberto dedicated his goal against West Ham to his team-mates.

The Brazilian entered the fray for his debut in the Barclays Premier League and second appearance for the club with 58 minutes on the clock and struck his first Spurs goal to make it 3-0 with five minutes remaining. Darren Bent completed the scoring in injury time after Dimitar Berbatov's double put us in the driving seat at half-time.

It was a fine goal from Gilberto, turning on a sixpence to control and shoot low into the corner after Aaron Lennon dummied Pascal Chimbonda's pass.

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In doing so, he became only the ninth Spur to score on his Premier League debut and went some way to erasing the memory of his debut four days earlier when his mistake led to PSV scoring the only goal of our UEFA Cup Round of 16 first leg at the Lane.

"The goal made me very happy because after PSV I felt bad, I made a mistake and Farfan scored the goal," reflected Gilberto. "I wanted to thank the players because after the PSV game they said 'come on Gilberto, keep your head up' and that was very important for me.

"A few days later and I played again, scored my first goal for Tottenham and I'm very happy.

"When I scored I wanted to run to the bench, I wanted to run to the fans but the players quickly came to me. They helped me so much after PSV and that goal was for them."

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