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Off the mark

Posted on 20 July 2009  - 12:00

Jermain Defoe was delighted to open his goalscoring account in pre-season at AFC Bournemouth.

Off the mark

Jermain Defoe was delighted to open his goalscoring account in pre-season at AFC Bournemouth.

The striker was in lethal form as part of the second half team in Friday's friendly against his former club at Dean Court.

In the space of 20 minutes he doubled the lead handed to us by Robbie Keane in the first half, a clinical one-touch finish across ex-Spur Shwan Jalal, struck the woodwork with a fierce strike from 25 yards and set-up the third goal, when Jalal did well to save his curling effort only for Wilson Palacios to tap in the rebound.

"I've always said in pre-season that the most important thing is fitness and not getting injured but as a forward you want to score goals, it's only normal," said JD.

"To score was great and hopefully I'll kick on from here, keep getting my goals, keeping getting sharper and be ready for the start of the season."

JD admitted he felt sharper at Bournemouth than in the opener at Exeter on the Wednesday.

"We've worked really hard in training and that's all-important, to get ready for the matches," he said. "But it's alwasy good when the games start because that's when you get your match fitness.

"The Peterborough game will be tough, they've got some good players and then Barcelona at Wembley, the European champions, a great test for us and then Celtic, a massive club.

"We're looking forward to these games and I'm sure the fans are as well."