Defoe's Diligence

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Jermain Defoe says inspiration as much as perspiration will be the order of the day against Birmingham City at the weekend.

"If you look at our form last season we were amazing when everyone fought together and if carry on we will be all right," he says.

"I have always said once we got our first win our season would be up and running and hopefully that will prove to be the case."

Jermain points to the character the players showed in getting back into the game from 1-0 down and then winning from Chelsea's fight back to 2-2 and adds: "I thought we were dominating at the time and it was a blow when they equalised, but there were no heads that went down and we got there in the end."

It was a game in which Jermain got the first of his two goals in two games, but the one at Chelsea was after coming on as a sub when Fredi Kanoute got injured early in the game.

"I was getting set to watch the game but I was mentally ready and I really enjoyed it," he says.

"Glenn said to me 'just work hard' and if you do that as a team the football takes care of itself.

"At half time he said 'keep on fighting and working hard' - and that's what we needed."

As for the winning goal, J is too modest to claim an assist, and he says: "I don't know what happened, to be honest. The ball hit me on the head and Paolo finished it.

"Both of Paolo's goals were on his left foot - and he is a genius with either foot."

He even plays down his achievements in scoring the opening goal at Stamford Bridge, and says: "Steve Lomas had the shot and when it rebounded I just got there."

Hopefully, in the absence of Fredi this weekend, he will do what he does best and 'just get there' again at the expense of Birmingham.