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JD in the programme

Posted on 14 April 2010  - 12:00

Jermain Defoe tells tonight's official matchday programme that there is nothing like a North London derby to focus the hearts and minds of everyone of a Spurs persuasion.

JD in the programme

Jermain Defoe tells tonight's official matchday programme that there is nothing like a North London derby to focus the hearts and minds of everyone of a Spurs persuasion.

Sunday's 2-0 extra time defeat against Portsmouth in the FA Cup semi-finals at Wembley was a bitter pill to swallow as our assault on the most famous knockout competition in the world ended in heartache.

But far from signalling the end of our season, Jermain insists we must use the emotions experienced at the national arena as a springboard for the final six matches of our Premier League campaign.

Our England striker cut a forlorn figure after the game, but he knows that victory tonight against our rivals would go a long way towards making amends for Sunday's result, while at the same time giving our top four ambitions a timely boost.

"A game against Arsenal at the Lane is the perfect chance for us to pick ourselves up immediately," he said. "As we sat in the changing rooms at Wembley after the game we couldn't quite believe what had happened. We were all frustrated in there afterwards and it can take a while to get over a result like that to be honest.

"But the fact we have another game so soon is a bonus, even more so that it is against Arsenal. If we can beat them tonight then while we won't forget about Sunday, we will be putting things right and it will be another major step towards achieving that fourth place that we all want.

"People say this is a good time to play them with the players they have missing but it's about us and our reaction tonight. We've got to go out there and focus on our own game. We need to stick together as a squad, play well and hopefully we'll be ok. We have to come off the pitch tonight with no regrets, that's the most important thing."

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