JERMAIN 1 - can't think of header
Jermain Defoe believes he's grown as a player in his time at Spurs.
The in-form striker has started the season in fine form with three goals in our opening four Premiership matches.
The latest and best proved the difference between the sides as we beat Birmingham City 1-0 to remain unbeaten and fourth in the table on Saturday.
That goal was in front of the watching Sven Goran Eriksson and it was no surprise Jermain found himself in England's squad for the forthcoming World Cup qualifiers against Austria and Poland.
Jermain insists his time at the club last season after arriving in Jnauary has given him a head start this time around.
"I think I've grown as a player and it helps when you are playing with good players as well," he said.
"I was here for the second half of last season and in that time all you want to do is play well, get to know everyone and get the crown on your side.
"It's been a good start for me and I'm really enjoying my football at the moment. All I can do is look forward to the next game and score as many goals as I can."
Saturday's was worthy of winning any game as Jermain sped away from two City defenders before cutting back inside Kenny Cunningham onto his right foot and unleashing a 25-yard drive beyond Maik Taylor.
"I was delighted with the goal and to do it in front of the England manager was a bonus as well," he beamed.
"As a forward there is nothing better than scoring goals and at the minute it's going well for me. When you are out there and doing it it's all very instinctive."
As for England duty, it appears Eriksson has to choose between Jermain and Alan Smith to partner Michael Owen.
Jermain simply added: "It's all good experience for me and these are the games everyone wants to be involved in, World Cup qualifiers."
JERMAIN 2 - Spirit's sky high
Jermain Defoe insists the team spirit is bubbling at Spurs - summed up by our win against Birmingham and unbeaten start to the Premiership.
Saturday's 1-0 win against the Blues was a typical 'dig deep' display and another excellent defensive performance.
Of course, at the other end, Jermain provided the goal-den moment of the game to clinch the points with his superb solo effort.
The striker conceded those were the games team want and need to win.
"Definitely, especially at home," he said. "They are the games people expect us to win with the players we have now.
"Everyone was delighted to get the three points and we all had smiles after the game. The spirit's great here at the moment."
Jermain believes that spirit was forged in a busy pre-season. "Everyone worked really hard in pre-season, we had a lot of games and it was all about fitness, the results didn't matter," he added, "Everyone looks fit and strong and the team spirit is very strong and the time we all spent together can only have helped."
ROBBO - Paul's perfect start
Paul Robinson has declared our unbeaten August in the Premiership as the 'perfect start' to the club's new era.
Goalkeeper 'Robbo' is one of 15 players brought in since the end of last season.
And he's quickly become part of a new-look defence - Ledley King aside - that has conceded just two goals in our opening four matches as we've won two, drawn two to sit nicely in fourth.
"It's a perfect start," said Robbo, so impressive so far. "When you looked at the fixture list it wasn't kind to us in the first couple of games against Liverpool and Newcastle and to come away with eight points I think we've done very well.
"We're unbeaten, two clean sheets and we've got to keep the momentum going now.
"We look strong, the whole team as a unit looks strong. Teams aren't breaking us down that easily, teams aren't creating many chances and it's looking good.
"It might not have been a convincing victory against Birmingham but they didn't have that many chances. These are difficult games with few chances and the games you've got to win and most importantly, not lose, like Liverpool and West Brom.
"Overall it's been a great start and the boys have played really well."