Tottenham boss admits relief as Defoe nets first league goals
JERMAIN Defoe finally ended ‘the worst run of his life’ with his two goals against Wolves on Sunday, according to Spurs boss Harry Redknapp.
Defoe travelled to Molineux yesterday without a league goal all season, a barren run in the top flight which stretched back 18 games to April 17 2010.
However, the 28-year-old left Wolverhampton with two goals to his name, both from outside the box.
And Redknapp – who has managed the England striker at West Ham, Portsmouth and Tottenham – hopes that Sunday’s brilliant brace will spark a much-needed goal run.
“Jermain hasn’t scored, it’s probably been the worst run of his life, so to see him come back and get two will be great for him,” said the Lilywhites manager.
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“There were lots of pluses for me. I thought there were some good performances from the players and some great goals – two magnificent strikes from Jermain and a great goal from Pav [Roman Pavlyuchenko].
“I thought Sandro came into midfield and did a good job in there with Jermaine Jenas. I was pleased with the performances, it’s a tough place to come.
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“You’ve got to remember that Wolves have beaten Manchester United here, they’ve beaten Chelsea and Man City. To come back from 1-0 down and get in front, and to play as well as we did on a difficult pitch, I felt it was a good performance.”
Redknapp was also buoyed by the return of Gareth Bale, who came off the bench in the 69th minute after missing six games with a back injury.
“It’s a big positive, Gareth coming back,” said the manager. “To see him picking the ball up and running with it again was a real pleasure for me to see.
“We’ve missed him. We’ve done great without him but any team is better with him so it’s fantastic to have him back. Hopefully his problems are behind him now and we can have him playing until the end of the season.”
Despite his positivity over Defoe and Bale, Redknapp admits that Spurs dropped two important points at Molineux, as Steven Fletcher netted an 87th-minute equaliser to deny visiting Tottenham a vital victory in the race for the top four.
“Of course I’m a bit frustrated, we were 3-2 up,” said Redknapp. “We scored three unbelievable goals and then we had the opportunities to finish it off and just missed a couple of great chances to get the other goal and put the game out of reach.
“That’s football. You think you’ve got the points and then two go out of the window. But we did it the other week to Bolton. It was 1-1 and then in the last kick of the game we scored a fantastic goal and won the game.”