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JD's debut goal

Posted on 10 January 2009  - 12:00

Jermain Defoe is aiming to maintain the incredible goalscoring record he's put together on his debuts over his career - but insists points come first at Wigan on Sunday.

JD's debut goal

Jermain Defoe is aiming to maintain the incredible goalscoring record he's put together on his debuts over his career - but insists points come first at Wigan on Sunday.

The striker is set for his first appearance in his second spell at the club at the JJB following his switch from Portsmouth.

So far, 'JD' has made four debuts and scored on every occasion.

The run started with the winner for West Ham in a League Cup game at Walsall as a substitute in September, 2000.

He then scored on his debut in a loan spell at Bournemouth at Stoke in October, 2000 and went on to score in 11 of his first 12 games for the Cherries.

He returned to West Ham before joining us in February, 2004 and promptly scored on his Spurs debut as we beat Pompey 4-3 at the Lane.

Then, having joined Pompey in January last year, he kept his debut record going by scoring in a 1-1 draw against Chelsea.

"The points are the most important thing, that's all that matters," said Jermain.

"As a forward you want to score in every game you play but if I don't score and we get the three points, I'll be more than happy.

"We're trying to fight now to push up the table and we all believe we can do that.

"The manager, the lads - everyone at the football club knows we're good enough to rectify the league position.

"We've a strong squad, some fantastic players and I'm really looking forward to the challenge. I can't wait to get out there."

JD said he was champing at the bit after training at White Hart Lane on Saturday. "I was up at nine o'clock and couldn't wait to go training," he said - training actually started at 1pm!

"I trained really hard, I feel sharp, fit and I'm looking forward to the challenge. I just want to get out there and play football."