Defoe wants to make amends for Tottenham against Man City
Saturday 10 November 2012
Jermain Defoe intends to make up for his miss against Manchester City last season by firing Tottenham Hotspur to victory over the Premier League champions when they meet on Sunday, the Daily Mirror has reported.
Defoe spurned a glorious opportunity to give Tottenham a 3-2 lead when the sides played last season at the Etihad Stadium, and if Spurs had held on to the advantage the extra points could have proved crucial as Arsenal built up a head of steam to overtake Tottenham in the league table.
The Gunners eventually beat Tottenham to third place and in doing so claimed the final Champions League qualification spot as Chelsea’s victory in the Champions League meant fourth was only good for Europa League football.
Rather than Defoe scoring the winning goal during that match, the honour fell to Mario Balotelli. Shortly after Defoe’s miss City were awarded a penalty, converted by the Italy striker, to leave Tottenham without anything to show for their endeavours.
Defoe had scored already in the game, with Gareth Bale netting Tottenham’s other goal, but the England international feels if he had bagged his second of the evening when the opportunity arose then Spurs would have held on for the three points.
He said: “We should have won. If I am honest I felt throughout the game we were the better side.
“Gareth went down the left and, to be fair to him, he tried to make it easier for me. He played it across the box so that I could just tap it in. But I don’t know if I just misjudged it or if i hit it a bit too hard.
“I just stretched and I missed it. I was convinced that if I’d got to it I’d have got it in. After that, they got the penalty and scored to win the game.”
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