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I knew we'd do it - JD

Posted on 22 November 2010  - 12:00

Jermain Defoe was confident we'd turn things around against Arsenal once Gareth Bale struck back early in the second half.

I knew we'd do it - JD

Jermain Defoe was confident we'd turn things around against Arsenal once Gareth Bale struck back early in the second half.

Back from a 10-week injury lay-off, 'JD' played a huge part in that key moment just four minutes into his return as we set the ball rolling on a famous comeback at the Emirates.

On as a second half substitute, Jermain outjumped Sebastien Squillaci to flick Benoit Assou-Ekotto's long pass on to Rafael van der Vaat, who in turn released Gareth to finish expertly for 2-1.

Rafa slotted home a penalty after 67 minutes and victory was clinched when Younes Kaboul glanced home Rafa's free-kick five minutes from time.

"We started slowly, their movement caused us a lot of problems in the first half but it was important to stay positive and pick up the tempo in the second half," reflected Jermain.

"The second half was so much better than the first half.

"To get the first goal was so important and after we did that I had the feeling that we'd go on to win the game.

"Sometimes it's difficult at 2-0 up, people think you will win the game comfortably and you can take your foot off the gas. I think they did that and once we got the first goal, I felt we'd go on to win."

Younes

Jermain was delighted to see Younes grab the winner. "I thought he was fantastic and has been since he's been in the team.

"He's strong, an unbelievable athlete. He's done well and deserved to get that winner."

Meanwhile, Jermain was also happy to report no problems with his ankle after his 45-minute return.

"I feel really good, it's amazing really," he beamed.

"Aaron (Lennon) said to me after the game 'are you tired?' and I said 'no, not at all'. I knew before the game that I'd put in all my rehabilitation work so I knew I'd be ready.

"The ankle feels fine, I feel fresh, recharged and I'm ready to go."