Goodison Park

Next Game

Everton v Tottenham

Sunday, 24 May 2015, 15:00

Barclays Prem

White Hart Lane

Last Game

Tottenham 2 - 0 Hull City

Saturday, 16 May 2015, 15:00

Barclays Prem

Defoe: Great to be top with Chivers

Jermain Defoe is honoured to have equalled Martin Chivers' record of 22 European goals for Tottenham.

Last Updated: 25/10/13 at 14:03 Post Comment

Jermain Defoe: Making history at Spurs

Jermain Defoe: Making history at Spurs

Now in his second spell with the club, the 31-year-old struck home late in the 2-0 Europa League victory at Sheriff Tiraspol on Thursday evening.

It was Defoe's sixth European goal of the campaign and an effort that saw him draw level in the club's all-time scoring charts with Chivers.

Part of the UEFA Cup-winning side of 1972, the fans' favourite spoke fondly of Defoe ahead of the Group K clash with the Moldovan champions.

Chivers said "he's earned everything he's done" and would be a deserved record holder - comments that touched the England international.

"It is great to be top with Martin Chivers," Defoe told Press Association Sport.

"It is special because he is a legend at the club, someone I look up to and respect. To be up there is great.

"Someone told me about his comments - the fact he will be so happy for me if I get it.

"I bumped into him the other week after the West Ham game, had a little chat with him, a little bit of banter. He is a really nice guy. I have total respect for him.

"One more goal I will be on the top on my own, and to have someone around you like Martin Chivers is special."

Defoe's goal at Sheriff came at a good time for Spurs, who, despite taking an early lead through Jan Vertonghen, spent much of the match under pressure from the hosts.

"It was hard," Defoe said. "It was difficult because they were so organised and sat back.

"When you are a forward, you just want to get involved and get touches but it is a case of being patient.

"You have to stay calm, stay concentrated because you might get a chance in the first minute or the last.

"I got my chance towards the end and it was good to see it go in.

"I relish every game I play. It is not a case of worrying about what competition it is.

"Every game you play you've got to enjoy it, try to get the goals and most importantly win."

Defoe's slightly deflected effort saw him take the headlines, although he was keen to highlight the team effort.

The defence was particularly impressive at Stadionul Sheriff, where they held out for an 11th clean sheet from 14 matches.

"It is so important when the lads at the back are doing their job and keeping clean sheets," he said.

"It is just down to us to score because you know it is difficult to come to places like this win.

"But when you've got lads at the back that you know will can keep clean sheets, then we're confident we can go and win."

Only Southampton have a better defensive record in the Barclays Premier League - a record they will look to maintain on their return to domestic action on Sunday.

Hull are the visitors in a match that marks Tom Huddlestone's first return to the club.

The 26-year-old spent eight seasons at White Hart Lane but chose to leave in the summer in search of first-team football.

"We're all looking forward to seeing him," Defoe said of Huddlestone, who could play Spurs again in Hull's Capital One Cup tie in midweek.

"He was a great player here and is doing well for Hull, pulling strings and stuff.

"It is going to be a tough game but it is a game we have to win.

"It is important we keep winning football matches. I am looking forward to both games. We're a club that is going places."


New Sky Bet customers: Claim free £5 bet every week


Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

I

think Finnegans Wake would have been a better reference point than Ulysses. Far more rambling and incomprehensible.

debra2927
Football People On TV: Garth Crooks

I

f I recall correctly, Degsy predicted a 100/1 shot correctly the week after his 150/1 Blackpool 4 - 3 Bolton call. I stuck a fiver on it as an idle bet. Paid for a stag do in Munich. Heady days...

baldini
Backing Hull To Beat United 2-1...

R

odgers prefers Joe Allen to Lucas? If this is true then I'm setting aside a fortnight to finally learn the rules of American Football and I'll give up on real football.

godzilla
The Jammy Gossip

Footer 365

QPR's Rio Ferdinand is astounded by reaction to his wife's death

QPR defender Rio Ferdinand has been astounded by the levels of support he received following the death of his wife.

Didier Drogba confirms he will leave Chelsea

Didier Drogba has announced today’s Premier League game against Sunderland will be his last as a Chelsea player.

Mike Ashley says he will not sell Newcastle United until he has won trophy

Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley says he will not sell the club until he has won a trophy.

Mail Box

Only One Real Manager Of The Year

Winning the Premier League with the best squad in the Premier League is only par; Ronald Koeman did a whole lot better. Plus, the last word on Raheem and...

Don't Slate Sterling For Ambition...

Raheem Sterling deserves credit for his desire to quit Liverpool, according to one mailboxer. Also: why football should not be compared to business and Degsy's latest spot of bother...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company