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LENNY OFF THE MARK

Posted on 20 March 2006  - 12:00

It was predicted in the dressing room beforehand that Aaron Lennon would open his goalscoring account on Saturday at Birmingham.

It was predicted in the dressing room beforehand that Aaron Lennon would open his goalscoring account on Saturday at Birmingham.

The tip came from his teammates at St Andrews and the speedy winger responded with the opening goal on 65 minutes that set up our first Premiership victory at the venue. Robbie Keane made sure of the three points with a second 12 minutes later.

"The lads kept saying before that I would score, Ledders said 'today you are going to score' and I just kept saying 'hopefully, hopefully'. I want to kick on from here and get a few more goals," reacted Aaron.

"It was brilliant for me to get my first goal and in such an important game as well because all the other clubs around us won."

It was the work of Jermain Defoe down the left flank which provided the opportunity for Aaron and the 18-year-old kpet a very cool head in taking a couple of touches before steering the ball home.

"My touch wasn't quite right and it got stuck underneath me a bit. I thought it might have got blocked if I hit it first time so I came inside and, lucky enough for me, it went in the far corner.

"It slotted in nicely for me. It was a release for me and everybody really, it was one of those games that was a bit scrappy and it was a goal we needed. To get the second one capped it off.

"We knew it would be tough out there because Birmingham are fighting for their lives and worked really hard. We came in at half-time at 0-0 and knew if we kept working hard we could get a goal. We did and it went from there."