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JD DELIVERS

Posted on 10 December 2007  - 12:00

Gus Poyet issued a simple plea to Jermain Defoe before his introduction in Sunday's game against Manchester City - score the winner!

Gus Poyet issued a simple plea to Jermain Defoe before his introduction in Sunday's game against Manchester City - score the winner!

The striker did not disappoint our First-Team Coach when he netted with six minutes remaining to give us all three points and move us up to thirteenth in the table.

“The win means a lot to us,” admitted Gus. “We needed it especially after last week’s defeat to Birmingham so everybody was very pleased afterwards in the dressing room.

“Jermain has been unlucky a few times recently and he was desperate to score. To be fair the only thing I said to him was ‘please JD score the winner.’ He did it and it showed in his celebration.

“It was a good game of football with a few chances. We scored and we were controlling the game but of course they pushed us a lot and then Bianchi scored a good goal. After that the game was open and when it is like that you have to be careful.

“It was good for everyone to win the game like that - the fans and the players.”

Meanwhile, JD passed the 300-mark for senior appearances in his club career against Anderlecht.

His current tally of 301 games comprises 105 matches for West Ham United, 31 on loan to AFC Bournemouth plus 165 since joining us during February, 2004. He made his senior debut for West Ham against Walsall in a League Cup tie on September 19, 2000. His goals tally to date stands at 120.

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