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JERMAIN'S AIM

Posted on 7 December 2006  - 12:00

Jermain Defoe said the team were determined to put a smile back on the faces of the fans on Wednesday night.

Jermain Defoe said the team were determined to put a smile back on the faces of the fans on Wednesday night.The little hitman, who was restored to the side after making a brief substitute appearance against Arsenal on Saturday, was a lively figure in attack and was particularly unlucky not to score. Middlesbrough goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer was in inspired form when it came to denying Defoe.

A first half goal from Dimitar Berbatov and a late winner from Robbie Keane sealed the points that moved us up to tenth in the table and just three points off third place.

"The thing is, after a result like on Saturday, you are just desperate to win and want to put a smile back on the fans' faces," said Jermain of the vital win that takes us into Saturday's home meeting with Charlton Athletic in good heart.

"We all stuck together, it was a difficult game, but I think we deserved the three points in the end.

"The keeper made a couple of saves from me and I'm disappointed I didn't get one, although I'm pleased I got into the positions to score. He is good goalkeeper, I scored one past him last year and he's got me back.

"When you lose a game like we did it is difficult to get everything ticking again, but I thought we did well, I enjoyed it and we're happy to get the three points."

Charlton will also arrive at the Lane with confidence boosted following their 1-0 over Blackburn at the Valley on Wednesday. Jermain knows there will be a tough battle for the points.

"We've got another big game against Charlton now and we can't underestimate them," he added. "I know they have struggled, but they got a win on Wednesday and are a good side.

"They will be on a high now and we'll have to use all our quality to get the three points.

"It will be crucial, the manager said he wanted six points from these two games to bring us back into it - and hopefully we can do that.""We all stuck together, it was a difficult game, but I think we deserved the three points in the end."