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Jermain's joy

Posted on 27 November 2011  - 12:00

Jermain Defoe knew his excellent strike at West Brom would clinch another victory in the Premier League.

Jermain Defoe knew his excellent strike at West Brom would clinch another victory in the Premier League.

After knocking on the Baggies' door in the second half, Jermain blasted it open with a goal worthy of any footballing stage.

It all started when Emmanuel Adebayor flicked Benoit Assou-Ekotto's pass into his striker partner's path on the half-way line.

Jermain drove forward, ran at last defender Jonas Olsson, shifted right and then drilled into the bottom corner from 20 yards.

The goal put us 2-1 up with nine minutes remaining of a tough encounter at The Hawthorns.

We could have scored a few more in the final minutes before Ade put the issue beyond doubt with his second goal of the game deep in injury time.

Saturday's fine win made it nine wins and a draw in our last 10 matches in the Premier League.

"As soon as I picked it up I noticed straight away that I was one-on-one (with Olsson)," said JD, who is now on 108 goals for the club - just two behind Glenn Hoddle.

"I've always worked on my finishing from that sort of distance and it all comes naturally.

"When I get in that position I'm confident I'll hit the target and make the goalkeeper work. I was delighted to see it go in and after that I knew we'd go on to win."

Jermain admitted we made hard work of it in the Black Country.

"In the first half we made it difficult because we didn't play like we normally play," he added.

"The second half was fantastic. We moved the ball quickly, we looked sharp, the energy levels were much better and overall, I think we deserved to win the game."