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Team works for JD

Posted on 24 November 2009  - 12:00

Jermain Defoe turned the spotlight onto his team-mates after his record-breaking five goals against Wigan on Sunday.

Team works for JD

Jermain Defoe turned the spotlight onto his team-mates after his record-breaking five goals against Wigan on Sunday.

The striker lit up the Lane with his lethal finishing in the incredible 9-1 win in the Barclays Premier League.

He became only the third player to net five goals in a game in the Premier League after Andy Cole and Alan Shearer and the first to bag five in a half.

And he's only the fourth Spur to achieve the five-goal feat after Ted Harper (1930), Alf Stokes (1957) and Les Allen (1960).

JD was quick to praise the contribution of his team-mates with Aaron Lennon and Niko Kranjcar particularly impressive - ‘Azza' set up three of the first four goals and then scored the fifth himself.

Niko, Peter Crouch and a fantastic free-kick from David Bentley completed the scoring.

"It was definitely about the whole team though - it was a fantastic performance," reflected JD after training at Spurs Lodge on Tuesday.

"The tempo was amazing, especially in the first 20 minutes. Wilson and Tom got after their players, we won the ball quite high up the pitch and I played right on the shoulder of their defenders and the service was fantastic. It was just down to me to get into the positions to score.

"I've always said with the players in this squad I know in every game I'll get a chance, not just a half-chance but a good one.

"It's important to work hard in training - I always do my finishing after training so when I get in that situation on matchday I'm familiar with it and can take the chance. I know in this team I'll always get chances.

"I got the hat-trick quite quickly. It was crazy. But I told myself to keep going and not to settle for three. I've spoken to all the great strikers over the years and they told me that no matter how many you score, always try to get another right until the final whistle. I've got that mentality now to try to get more.

"I won't forget it - to score five goals for a club like this is fantastic."

JD admitted the scoreline had even taken the lads by surprise. "It was funny in the dressing room afterwards because the lads couldn't believe it," he smiled.

"We know how good we are, we know we have a good team and a strong squad but to score nine goals in a game is brilliant and doesn't happen often in the modern game."