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JENAS OFF THE MARK

Posted on 17 October 2005  - 12:00

Jermaine Jenas was naturally thrilled to get off the mark with his first goal in a Spurs shirt against Everton - also the first to come from our midfield this season.

Jermaine Jenas was naturally thrilled to get off the mark with his first goal in a Spurs shirt against Everton - also the first to come from our midfield this season.

The England midfielder struck on 63 minutes with his head following a pinpoint cross from Jermain Defoe. The 22-year-old's powerful nod put the game beyond the Blues and doubled the advantage just six minutes after a Mido header put us in front - from his cross.

"I am absolutely delighted and hope it is the first of many," said Jermaine after emerging with a big smile from the dressing room. "I kept making the runs and, thankfully, Jermain was able to land one on my head for me. I haven't got many with my head before and when it came to me it was an instinctive finish and I am very pleased with it.

As I flicked it I turned my head in that direction so I saw exactly where it was going and knew it was in

Even though he is not a striker, Jermaine went along with the theory that making a goalscoring contribution does take a little weight off the shoulders.

"It can do, definitely. I have always said I want to score a lot more goals and, now I've got the first one, I can go on and hopefully score some more goals for Spurs.

"We did need to bide our time, they are a tough side to break down and you've got to be patient and keep passing the ball around. In the first half we passed it reasonably well but were a bit sloppy and lethargic - it is just good that we were able to step it up in the second half," he added, before revealing sight of the Premiership standings proved pleasant reading after the game.

"It is beautiful and it has given the lads a great lift. We knew if we got the win we would be up there and it is up to us now to maintain it."