Tottenham 3 Maribor 1: Scoring a hat-trick is the best feeling – Defoe
Tottenham 3 Maribor 1: Jermain Defoe revels in his hat-trick after he helped Spurs to their first win in the Europa League this term
Jermain Defoe admitted it felt “amazing” to score a hat-trick against Maribor after the Tottenham striker helped his side to their first victory in the Europa League this season.
Gareth Bale’s cross was finished by Defoe to give Spurs an early lead at White Hart Lane, but Hugo Lloris’ error just before half-time allowed the visitors to level.
But Defoe put the home side back ahead with a powerful finish and he combined with Bale to wrap up three points in the 77th minute, moving ahead of Teddy Sheringham in Tottenham’s all-time goal scorer list.
“It feels amazing. As a forward you are judged on scoring goals. It’s the best feeling in the world,” Defoe told ITV.
“For me that’s special. He’s [Sheringham] a forward I used to watch as a kid. He was a fantastic player, a great goalscorer, for club and country. So I’m really pleased with that.”
Meanwhile, Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas was pleased by his side’s response to Maribor’s goal in the 40th minute, while the 35-year-old also heaped praise on Defoe for his match-winning performance.
“We were brilliant from the beginning – in possession, in attack, in the way we kept the ball, our mobility and desire to bounce back from 1-1,” said Villas-Boas.
“We controlled it from the beginning and it was really pleasing to see. When you play like this, you deserve good things and today it came to us.
“He [Defoe] makes the most of his opportunities, Gareth was amazing to make two goals with his link-up play. When you have so much quality in your link-up play it’s possible to score.
“Defoe is a clinical striker and it’s good for him to overtake Teddy Sheringham in the scoring charts, it means a lot to him.”