Jermain Defoe has stressed the importance of getting that final day victory over Birmingham that secured our fifth place finish.
The striker admits we were disappointed not to claim a top four spot for the second time running but knew we needed the next best thing once that possibility passed.
And now he is already looking forward to next season and relishing the challenge of the Europa League – as well as trying to regain a spot amongst the continent’s elite.
JD is happy with the way the campaign went overall, and said: “I was always confident we would win the [Birmingham] game, and in the end we did with two fantastic goals by Pav.
“If you don’t finish fourth you’ve got to finish fifth. I think we’re good enough to finish fourth but overall it’s been a good season.
“Next season we want to try and get back in the Champions League and we have to try to win the Europa League. I’m looking forward to it already.
“The season’s finished, we can put it behind us, we finished fifth, a lot of good work from the boys, and hopefully next season will be a good one for everyone involved.”
The football was set to continue for JD when he was called up to the England squad for the Euro 2012 qualifier with Switzerland at Wembley on June 4. But the striker was forced withdraw from the squad through injury on Wednesday night.