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JD 'brilliant' - Andre

Andre Villas-Boas paid tribute to Jermain Defoe after the striker's hat-trick fired us to victory against NK Maribor in the Europa League - and saw him climb another step in the club's all-time goalscoring list.

Jermain was at his lethal best to put the Slovenian champions to the sword as we ran out 3-1 winners at White Hart Lane on Thursday night to move into second place in Group J with two games remaining.

He opened the scoring by guiding Gareth Bale's cross into the corner in the first half and after Maribor found a surprise equaliser before half-time, restored our advantage four minutes into the second half, latching onto Tom Carroll's pass and drilling into the far corner.

Jermain's hat-trick arrived on 77 minutes after another burst from Gareth down the left, his inch-perfect cross this time dispatched clinically from close range.

JD's treble took his tally to 126 goals for Spurs and lifted him ahead of Teddy Sheringham (124) into eighth in the club's all-time goalscoring chart.

His next target is the great Alan Gilzean on 133.

"Jermain was brilliant and he's such a prolific striker," said Andre.

"He was chasing to overtake Teddy, so it was important for him.

"He doesn’t take any chances lightly. He focuses, he scores and it was great to watch him."