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JD on 'massive' City game and 'special' night

Jermain Defoe would love a repeat of our last performance at City - with a couple of tweaks to the finale!

We were last at the Etihad Stadium in January for what turned out to be one of the best matches of the Premier League campaign.

It was a rollercoaster ride as we trailed 2-0 before Jermain and then Gareth Bale's wonderful strike brought us back on level terms in the second half.

As the clock ticked past the 90-minute mark, we had a chance to complete the comeback. Gareth got away down the left and slid the ball across goal for Jermain, who agonisingly couldn't quite reach it on the slide to win the game.

That wasn't all though. City managed to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat as Ledley King fouled Mario Ballotelli and the Italian slotted home the winner from the penalty spot in the 94th minute.

"We should have won it really with that chance right at the end of the game," said Jermain. "On that day, it just wasn’t to be, although I thought we were the better side throughout.

"Hopefully we’ll go there and produce the same performance, and hopefully this time get the three points."

This time around, we face a City side who remain unbeaten after 10 games in the defence of their Premier League title, sitting in third place behind Chelsea and United.

Indeed, the Etihad hasn't been breached in the Premier League since December, 2010 - when Everton won 2-1 - but as Jermain explained, the squad will take heart from their away form this season, not least the win at Old Trafford in September.

"If you win at United, you can win anywhere and not just in England, anywhere in Europe," said JD.

"They are one of the biggest clubs in the world and to go there and play how we did the in first half, that performance was unbelievable. Okay, the second half was a little different, but you get that at Old Trafford. If we can do the same at City it would be fantastic."

Meanwhile, Jermain reflected on his hat-trick in last night's 3-1 win against NK Maribor - goals that moved him ahead of legendary striker Teddy Sheringham in the club's all-time goalscoring list.

He's now eighth overall on 126 goals. "To score a hat-trick in a European night at the Lane, that's special," he said.

"Everyone was right up for it. We passed the ball well, the movement was good and we showed great energy.

"Tom Carroll was brilliant. I thought he dictated the whole game. For a young player to come in and do that is special, brilliant for Tommy.

"On a personal note, the goals seem to be flowing and I just want to keep it going. I don’t want to take my foot off the gas, I just want to continue scoring goals and keep winning games.

"We’ve a massive game this weekend and it’s important we recover as a group and get ready for City."