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'We deserved to win' - Jan

19 January 2015|Tottenham Hotspur

Jan Vertonghen would love to get back on the scoresheet on a regular basis – and is looking for more luck in front of goal!

The centre-back was back on target for the first time since October, 2013, to open the scoring against Sunderland on Saturday.

But he's slightly concerned the Dubious Goals Panel will take the goal away from him as his 20-yarder took a deflection off John O'Shea on the way home.

Jan also thought he'd scored a second in added time only for it to be controversially ruled out for offside!

It was pointed out to Jan that having scored six times in his first season – 2012-13 – he hadn't found the net since his goal at FC Sheriff in the Europa League on October 24, 2013!

"I scored in the World Cup but that doesn’t count for Tottenham!" he told Spurs TV. "It’s a shame, I always used to score so many goals. I thought before the game that I couldn’t go the rest of the season without scoring a few goals so hopefully it’s not taken off me!"

Jan agreed that maximum points went to the correct home after we'd chipped away at Sunderland before finally finding the winner via Christian Eriksen two minutes from time.

"We were the better team and deserved to win," said Jan, who has started our last 11 matches in the Premier League, losing only twice.

"They had a free-kick in the first half and Hugo had to make two good saves in the second half and that was it, I thought we did well.

"We showed character and fitness and we can say on the pitch now ‘let’s wait a couple of minutes for a last-minute goal!’ It’s always the biggest celebration!

"Christian has the quality to do it and I’m happy for him because he’s a hard worker and a great player, he can do it time and time again."