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JD's heart and goal

Posted on 8 November 2011  - 12:00

Jermain Defoe admitted his heart was in his mouth during two late goalmouth scrambles with us leading 2-1 at Fulham.

Jermain Defoe admitted his heart was in his mouth during two late goalmouth scrambles with us leading 2-1 at Fulham.

The Cottagers put us under constant pressure in the second half, pulled a goal back for 2-1 and created numerous chances that were either saved by Brad Friedel or, when Clint Dempsey skipped around the goalkeeper, Ledley King was back to block his goalbound effort.

It all culminated in an amazing four minutes of injury time.

Brad made the save of the day to deny Dempsey at close range to kick-start an amazing scramble that ended with Scott Parker throwing himself in front of Stephen Kelly’s shot, deflecting it over for a corner.

From the corner, Brad blocked Brede Hangeland’s header and Luka Modric was in the right place at the right time to clear Dempsey’s follow up off the line.

Incredibly, we then broke up the other end, Emmanuel Adebayor gathered Gareth Bale’s throw and crossed for ‘JD’ to volley home the clincher.

“It was the last one, when Luka knocked the header around the post, that’s when I thought ‘our luck’s in today, I don’t think they’ll score now’,” smiled the striker.

“The pressure was unbelievable. Credit to Fulham, they played well. They pushed and pushed, we defended well and got the luck that we needed.

“I thought it was important that we got the two goals in the first half. They put us under a lot of pressure in the second half and it was important to hold onto the three points.”

We did so thanks to Jermain’s sixth goal of the campaign, taking him to 107 Spurs goals – he’s now up to 13th in the club’s all-time goalscorers’ list and has Glenn Hoddle, on 110, in his sights.

“I’ve always said when you get a chance, even if it’s a half-chance, you’ve got to take it,” he added. “That third goal was game over. It was an important goal and the game was done."