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JD passes credit to Tom

Posted on 19 May 2009  - 12:00

Jermain Defoe was quick to highlight the contribution of Tom Huddlestone to his fine opening goal against City.

JD passes credit to Tom

Jermain Defoe was quick to highlight the contribution of Tom Huddlestone to his fine opening goal against City.

The midfielder whipped in a delightful cross that demanded a finish - ‘JD' was there to do just that, losing his marker before cleverly backheeling past Shay Given.

That gave us a deserved lead at half-time but we were pegged back by Valeri Bojinov's strike before Robbie Keane's late penalty secured a 2-1 and kept us in the hunt for Europe.

"Tom is one of the best passers in the league, you only have to make eye contact with him and he will find you," said Jermain who, as you would expect, was delighted to get back on the scoresheet.

"And that's what happened. I gambled, got across the first man and improvised. It was great to see it go in.

"Tom is so consistent and when he plays he gets the team going. In the second half when we dropped off a bit I said to him to get hold of the ball because when he does that, we start playing."

Unfortunately, the midfielder is now ruled out after undergoing knee surgery.

JD was left in no doubt that we deserved maximum points. "In the first half we passed the ball really well, showed good movement and overall I thought we were the better side.

"It was great to score in the last game at home in front of our fans but the most important thing was to get the win.

"We needed the three points, we did that and now we move on to the final game."

That game is against Liverpool at Anfield and we'll go head-to-head with Fulham for seventh spot. They are two points ahead of us and face Everton at home.