Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Angry Defoe Takes His Frustration out on Charlton as He Turns in a Monster Display for Tottenham

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Angry Defoe Takes His Frustration out on Charlton as He Turns in a Monster Display for Tottenham

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Byline: WAYNE VEYSEY

Tottenham 3 Charlton 1

Scorers: Defoe 14, 46, Jenas 41

Tottenham 3 Charlton 1

Scorers: Defoe 14, 46, Jenas 41

Scorers: Thomas 70

Booked: Fortune, Hreidarsson, Hughes

Attendance: 36,034

Ref: P Dowd (Staffs)

DURING a season in which he has been demoted from Tottenham's first choice to third choice frontman, there have probably been occasions when Jermain Defoe has felt like doing a 'Sol' and going away for a few days.

Last Tuesday's defeat at Craven Cottage, when he was left warming the bench while the hapless Grzegorz Rasiak chilled the bones of watching Spurs supporters, was perhaps the lowest point of a campaign that has been as disheartening for the player as it has been promising for his club.

Martin Jol believes that Defoe, like Dr David Bruce Banner - aka, the Incredible Hulk - is a bigger threat when he is angry. The Spurs boss would settle for the striker morphing into a rampaging green monster if he can pillage two goals every time he gets hot under the collar.

His double strike against Charlton yesterday, one from a fortuitous ricochet that rewarded his 'shoot now, worry later' style of play and the other a classic poacher's goal, inspired his team to a first win in four Premiership games and restored the manager's faith in a talent that was beginning to gather dust.

"If Jermain is going to be in that sort of form, there is no point keeping him on the bench," admitted Jol. "Rasiak came in and had his chance and did not do well, but Jermain had a lot more rhythm than he did at Fulham."

The Dutchman is not an advocate of rotation systems (given that Spurs do not have another scheduled midweek game for the rest of the season, nor should he be) so Defoe can now expect a run of games, even if the injury that forced Mido out of Egypt's 4-1 African Nations Cup win at the weekend is not as bad as feared.

"I have said all along that Jermain is probably the best finisher in England," Jol added. …

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