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Goal 'right Up There' - JD
GOAL 'RIGHT UP THERE' - JD
Posted 26 November 2012 12:10am
Jermain Defoe immediately placed his first goal against West Ham in the top five of his 128 for Spurs.
The striker broke the deadlock in spectacular fashion in Sunday’s 3-1 victory at the Lane.
Jermain did well to initially control Kyle Walker’s pass on the right touchline, just yards inside the West Ham half. He controlled and spun away from George McCartney and Winston Reid, darted towards the penalty area, beat Mark Noble by switching onto his right foot and rifled home from 22 yards.
It was key goal just before half-time and the lads stepped up again in the second half, Gareth Bale made it 2-0 in 58 minutes and then JD added his second for 3-0 six minutes later.
“Kyle pinged the ball into me and I thought ‘wow, get that under control’ but I managed to turn, ran with it and my first intention wasn’t to shoot but it opened up and I just wanted to get a shot off,” he said. “I was delighted when it went in.
“It’s right up there in my goals for Spurs, top five. It’s such a great feeling to get a goal like that, I’m sure you can imagine.
“I thought we deserved it, we had chances in the first half and it was important to get that goal before half-time.
“We came out in the second half more relaxed and the second goal was key, Gareth scored that and after that it was comfortable, to be honest.
“I thought from the first minute, without the ball as well, pressing, playing from the back, the whole performance was fantastic.”
Jermain has scored 10 goals this season (seven Premier League, three Europa League) to move onto 128 for Spurs and up to eighth in the club's all-time goalscoring list.
His next target is Alan Gilzean on 133 goals - and the legendary former striker was back at the Lane on Sunday for the first time since he left the club in 1974.