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'I'd love to break record at WHL' - JD

25 October 2013|Tottenham Hotspur

Jermain Defoe has his sights set on a record-breaking night at White Hart Lane.

The striker’s goal against FC Sheriff in Thursday night’s Europa League win moved him level with our all-time goalscorer in Europe, Martin Chivers.

Jermain’s 22nd goal in European competition helped secure a 2-0 win against the Moldovan champions.

We sit at the top of Group K with three wins out of three so far and with another three group fixtures ahead of us, there is every chance Jermain could grab goal number 23 in Europe sooner rather than later.

And he’d love to do that on home soil.

“I was delighted to see the goal go in because I didn’t really have that many chances,” he reflected. “It was a case of being patient, just waiting.

“As soon as Nacer squared it to me I thought ‘relax and get a good contact’. I knew it was in.

“It’s great to equal the record and I’d love to break it at White Hart Lane, that would mean a lot.

“It’s special because Martin is a legend at the club. To be level at the top is great and one more and I’ll break it. I look forward to the next game and if I do it, fantastic.”

As for the win, JD’s 75th-minute strike gave us some breathing space after FC Sheriff responded impressively to Jan Vertonghen’s opener.

The home team created a number of chances but couldn’t break through a defence that has now kept 11 sheets in 14 matches this season.

“It was always going to be difficult, they are a good side, really organised and didn’t give us a lot of space to get in behind them,” added Jermain.

“They made it difficult, hit us on the counter attack and had a few chances. It was important to get the win and we did that.”