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JERMAIN'S AIM

Posted on 5 May 2006  - 12:00

Jermain Defoe is aiming to mark the occasion of our final game of the season by getting back on the scoresheet on Sunday.

Jermain Defoe is aiming to mark the occasion of our final game of the season by getting back on the scoresheet on Sunday.

The livewire striker has been without a goal in his last six starts and finishing the campaign with a flourish by doing what he does best towards the securing of a fourth place finish is the natural target for the 23-year-old with World Cup ambitions.

"Definitely, with coming to the last game of the season - against West Ham! - it is a big one," said Jermain. "If we get the three points then we can see what happens.

"To get back on the scoresheet against West Ham? It would be great, not because it is West Ham, but when you haven't scored for a while you can get anxious and snatch at chances.

"It has happened to me before, there are times when you score goals and it seems like the easiest thing in the world. Then there are others when you are not scoring.

"In the last few games I have had chances and I'm getting into positions to score goals. Hopefully in the next game they will go in."

It is something of an irony that our seasonal conclusion with so much resting on it should take place on Jermain's first return to the ground and club he left over two years ago.

"It will be a weird one going back to Upton Park needing three points to finish fourth," continued Jermain. "Everyone is looking forward to the game, hopefully we will get one or two players back and we are all up for it.

"Everyone knows what we have got to do, we've known for a long time and approached every game like a cup final. We'll do the same against West Ham and I am confident we can get three points there.

"It is not going to be easy, they are playing so well and have a great spirit at the club. I speak to the boys, they've got a young squad with spirit which has improved so much.

"They are looking forward to it, it will be a massive game and I am certainly looking forward to it."