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Freund breaks his duck

English Barclays Premiership

Steffen Freund has broken his duck against West Ham - now he just wants to break his duck in front of goal.

The German midfielder hadn't beaten the Hammers since arriving at Spurs in January 1999 - in fact, we had only managed one win in seven before Monday - but he played his part up against Joe Cole, Michael Carrick and Frank Lampard in a hectic midfield as we won a no-holds-barred encounter 1-0 in the Premiership.

He was also within inches of scoring his long-awaited first goal. With 75 minutes on the clock he fizzed in a shot from 30 yards that left goalkeeper Shaka Hislop rooted to the spot - only to clip the junction of crossbar and post.

Freund said: "It was a very good win. It was the first London derby this season and the first win for me against West Ham. I feel good now!

"We have a lot of derbies, they are all very high tempo and mean a lot to every team. If you have a lot of derbies they are different games and you can win or lose in any of them. That is why it is perfect that we have started with a win against West Ham.

"We wanted to win to make it 10 points and now we are in a good situation. It has been a good start and we have showed a lot of character in games at home against Ipswich, Everton and now West Ham."

As for that goal, Freund has to take some stick for failing to score in what is now 65 games for us in all competitions.

He is convinced this is his season to strike gold and having seen a shot cleared off the line at Newcastle, came even closer to achieving the feat in front of a live television audience on Monday.

"I know this is my season," added Freund. "I had two shots against West Ham that went very close and if the shot against the post had gone in it would have been the goal of the season! I am getting closer and closer."