Defoe nibbles while Mido nobbles West Ham

We’ve needed some extra bite upfront, but Jermain Defoe’s pounce on West Ham’s Javier Mascherano was going a ‘bit’ too far! Spurs manager Martin Jol has played it down though.

The Dutchman said: “He was nibbling his arm – there will be no mark. Ask Mascherano if he has got a mark.

“It is part of the game. They kicked him three times from behind in 10 minutes and he wanted to show his frustration in a nice, comical way.”

Regardless of that incident, it was such an crucial win. Mido’s winner just before half-time was an impressive strike – the way he flicked the ball up and hit home off the post was fantastic stuff!

We had many more chances to get the second but again we failed to kill off the opposition.

Martin said: “We should have scored a second goal and finished the game. We didn’t and that made it difficult.

“In the first half we didn’t play well but we were professional. And I didn’t think we gave away a lot and we deserved to win.

“It was our third game in a week and not easy. But it was a great performace and the team showed great character.”

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