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Goal, assist, win makes Clint's day

Clint Dempsey was delighted to contribute another key goal as we beat Stoke 2-1 in the Premier League on Sunday.

The US hitman struck a superb equaliser after we’d fallen behind in the third minute at the Britannia Stadium.

We’d started to come back into the game after that early setback and were level on 20 minutes when Scott Parker looked for Aaron Lennon over the top. The pass drew Asmir Begovic out of his goal but Marc Wilson slid the ball away straight to Clint, who drilled back home first-time from 35 yards.

“It came to me perfectly and I just kept it straight, I was happy with the finish,” said Clint.

“We needed a goal to get back into the game and then push on to try and win the game. We kept going and had the quality to get the job done.”

Having dominated the second half with Stoke reduced to 10 men, we finally broke through with seven minutes remaining and Clint was there again, firing in a low cross that Emmanuel Adebayor dispatched at the far post.

“It was just about staying calm, getting my head up and I saw Ade at the far post, trying to keep it hard and low and making sure the keeper couldn’t get a touch on it," he said. "It was a great finish, great composure."

Clint’s goals this term include the winners at Old Trafford and Southampton, the last-gasp equaliser against United at the Lane and the equaliser that sparked a three-goal salvo against City.

“You always want to be a player that chips in with goals and assists," he added. "I’m glad I’ve scored some important goals this season and a few assists as well."