White Hart Lane

Next Game

Tottenham v Partizan

Thursday, 27 November 2014, 20:05

Europa League Group C

The KC Stadium

Last Game

Hull City 1 - 2 Tottenham

Sunday, 23 November 2014, 16:00

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

sn'tthis strange. Last season we were worried that we were stuck with a Dinosaur in Moyes while Liverpool and Everton were disappearing into the distance with their young, spritely managerts, playing football from heaven. Progressive managers, they said. Managers who understand the modern game.........

HarryBoulton
Rodgers: The pressure's on

B

eing consistently and unrelentingly dog turd really takes it out of you. Try shadow boxing. That's what it's like watching Liverpool, punching thin air.

sinbadsdad
Neville: Reds need a rest

G

ood list, some crackers in there. For me, I'd have had Steve McManaman for Liverpool away at Celtic in the UEFA cup in 1997. I was in the ground that night and everyone kept screaming at him to make a pass, but he just kept going and going and going...brilliant, and in the dying minutes too.

uncle-muller
F365's Top Ten Counter-Attacking Goals

Footer 365

Champions League: Lionel Messi breaks goalscoring record as PSG win

Lionel Messi became the Champions League's all-time record scorer as Barcelona thrashed APOEL Nicosia, while PSG won.

Champions League: Mourinho hails Chelsea team performance after Schalke demolition

Jose Mourinho hailed Chelsea's "complete" performance after their 5-0 demolition of Schalke.

Champions League: Aguero treble stuns Bayern

Sergio Aguero's last-gasp heroics earned Manchester City a thrilling 3-2 win over 10-man Bayern Munich at the Etihad.

Mail Box

Counter-Attacks: Making Me Fall In Love Again

There is a good deal of love for counter-attacking goals, plus some sympathy for Arsene Wenger, heaping the praise on Chunky Pardew too early and why Klopp > Rodgers...

There's Excitement In Toon Again...

We have mails on a young, vibrant Newcastle side along with the usual woe from those in the red of Liverpool and Arsenal. We just love having the Premier League back...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property