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Defoe delight

Tottenham Hotspur (Spurs) Football Club is located in North London. The club is also known as Spurs. Tottenham's home ground is White Hart Lane. The club motto is Audere est Facere (To dare is to do).

Jermain Defoe was naturally in something of an upbeat mood as he reflected on his first hat-trick for the club.

For such a prolific marksman it was probably only a matter of time before he struck a treble in the famous white shirt and he himself had an inkling that it was going to be a special afternoon against Southampton.

"To be honest, I spoke to Michael Carrick before the game and said if we get an early goal we will have a good game," revealed the striker. "That's what happened, I got a great ball from Fredi for the first and all I had to do was finish it off.

"Overall we were the better side and it was a great result for us."

Like Fredi Kanoute, Jermain also suspected that a free-scoring performance was on its way with how training has been going and confidence growing.

"Definitely, I said before that it would be nice to have of those games where you score lots of goals at home, play well, pass the ball and everybody is happy. That's what happened and we played really well.

"It was my first hat-trick for Tottenham and it was a special day for me. Like I said, the first one was down to Fredi, while the second was one on one with the keeper. It's funny, when you've scored two the third seems to come easily - a tap in. The all-round performance was great."

Jermain added that the players were able to feed off the excitement of the crowd as the buzz of anticipation transmitted itself to the team.

"Yes, it was great to be out there. We were passing the ball and the fans were loving it - it was just a great day. Hopefully we can push on and it is looking good now.

"I think it was our best performance, everyone worked hard. When we got the ball we did well and when we didn't we worked hard to get it back. It was a good performance."