Defoe On Defeat

Jermain Defoe reckons Saturday's defeat against Spurs contained plenty of perspiration - but not enough inspiration.

The 19-year-old made his first Premiership start for the club at the weekend in the absence of Paolo Di Canio and Fredi Kanoute - who both have hamstring injuries that could also rule them out at Sunderland this weekend - and he says:

"It is not nice when you lose the game. It just wasn't meant to be, but I enjoyed making my first Premiership start, and in the first half I thought we played well.

"Everyone worked hard and ran their hearts out for the club but it was just unfortunate that we lost the game.

"Me and Kits were talking about it after the match; as a forward you get games like that where there aren't many chances, and other days you get loads.

"The Spurs match was one of those games where you don't, so hopefully we can put it right next time.

"Tottenham defended really well and London derbies are always hard."

Although the forward pairing was the first time Jermain and Paul Kitson had played together, he refuses to use that as an excuse and says: "I've played with Kits in the reserves before - although the pace is much faster in the first team.

"Now we are away from home at Sunderland at a big stadium with a big atmosphere, so we will have to see what happens."

And referring to his pre-match routine of watching Rocky films the night before a game, he promises he will be fired up at the Stadium of Light, saying: "I'm going to have to watch Rocky Three now!"