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Dempsey's delight

Clint Dempsey expressed his delight after playing a major part in Saturday’s 3-0 FA Cup win against Coventry.

The US international struck twice as we put the Sky Blues to the sword in the first half of the third round tie at the Lane.

Clint finished from close range to open the scoring in the 12th minute, his shot was then deflected off William Edjenguele into the path of Gareth Bale to volley home for 2-0 before looping home a header for the third.

He twice went close to a his first hat-trick in Spurs colours – a volley that dipped just over at the end of the first half and a free-kick that zipped just wide in the second half.

Back from injury against Sunderland on December 29, Clint now has three goals and an assist in our last two matches against Reading and Coventry.

“I feel like I’ve been able to do well in the attacking third, whether that’s chipping in with assists or scoring goals,” said Clint, who was in fine form before his knock sustained against Swansea.]

“I was on a good run of form before my injury and then I was able to pick up where I left off when I came back. I’m happy about that.”

Clint echoed the thoughts of his team-mates that a fast start was all-important against Coventry.

“We knew it wasn’t going to be an easy game and that we needed to put in a professional performance,” he added.

“Coventry had nothing to lose and the opportunity to do something special.

“We had to make sure we took the game to them and it was great that we were able to score early, because the longer they stayed in the game, the longer it was 0-0, the more belief they would have.

“By scoring the early goals we deflated them and it was great that we were able to score three and keep a clean sheet.”