JD repeats five-goal feat
Jermain Defoe has bagged another five-goal haul - incredibly, on exactly the same date as he scored his famous five against Wigan.
Jermain Defoe has bagged another five-goal haul - incredibly, on exactly the same date he scored his famous five against Wigan.
The striker became only the third player to score five goals in a match in the Premier League - it's now four after Dimitar Berbatov for United last season - in our stunning 9-1 win against Wigan on November 22, 2009.
And he repeated the trick on Tuesday afternoon, this time in our Spurs XI's 6-1 friendly win against Charlton at Spurs Lodge.
"It's amazing how the dates have fallen," said 'JD'. "It's freaky, but I've always said everything happens for a reason.
"I love scoring goals and to even score five goals in training is great.
"It was a game situation though, a reserve game against a decent Charlton side and it was all about being professional, keeping my sharpness up and doing it right.
"I enjoyed every single one of those goals!"
Up against his former team-mate Gary Doherty in Charlton's central defence, Jermain scored his first two goals from 20 yards inside the first 15 minutes.
He completed his hat-trick after a fine move involving Steven Pienaar and Sandro with Ryan Fredericks whipping in a low cross to the far post that Jermain converted from close range five minutes before the break.
Charlton replied in the 44th minute to make it 3-1 at the break but there was little respite for the visitors as JD and Giovani linked up to create two more chances at the start of the second half.
Jermain was in the right place at the right time again to volley home the fourth after Charlton goalkeeper John Sullivan parried Yago Falque's cross into his path.
Yago claimed the assist for JD's fifth and final goal for 5-1 in the 67th minute, the pair exchanging passes before Jermain drilled into the corner.
Ryan Mason had the final word with a shot from the edge of the box to complete the scoring in the 75th minute.
William Gallas, Seb Bassong and Jake Livermore also featured.
Spurs XI (4-4-1-1): Jansson; Fredericks, Bassong, Gallas, Day; Falque, Livermore, Sandro, Pienaar; Giovani; Defoe. Subs: Mason, Bostock, Parrett, Yeboah.