THE WAITING GAME
Jermain Defoe admitted it was a long few minutes while he was forced to wait before taking the penalty that secured us a point up at Blackburn on Sunday.
Jermain Defoe admitted it was a long few minutes while he was forced to wait before taking the penalty that secured us a point up at Blackburn on Sunday.When Hossam Ghaly was tripped by Tugay inside the penalty area, the Ewood Park clock showed 58 minutes. By the time referee Mr Dowd consulted his assistant, dismissed the midfielder and dealt with the protests, it was 62 minutes before Jermain got the chance to slot past Brad Freidel from the spot.
For the striker it felt a lot longer.
"That's what I said to the boys!" smiled Jermain. "In that sort of situation you have got to try and stay focused and think positive. I was quite confident and as soon as Ghaly went down I thought I would hit my spot and score. It was nice to see it go in," he added, before revealing that the players were a bit down over not being able to convert one point into three.
"We are ambitious and disappointed we didn't win the game, especially after they went down to ten men. I felt sharp and I thought all the boys did really well.
"The character of our team was superb," continued Jermain, who concluded by reflecting on a fiercely contested game that became a bit lively in the second half.
"I guess it is always going to be a bit like that when you come to a place like this because physically they are so strong and they work so hard. It was a little bit mad towards the end, but it was a good game to play in."