Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Defoe: We Can Stay Up Top

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Defoe: We Can Stay Up Top

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TOTTENHAM striker Jermain Defoe helped fire his side back into the top four of the Premier League yesterday and then insisted they can stay there for the rest of the season.

Luka Modric grabbed the opener against West Ham at White Hart Lane and Defoe secured a 2-0 victory with his 15th of the campaign.

"We've got a fantastic squad, great players and I think we're good enough to compete up there," said Defoe.

The bitterness between the two clubs added intensity to a match Gianfranco Zola's men were desperate to win to aid their survival bid.

Instead, they fell behind to Modric's 11th-minute opener and then saw Scott Parker and Herita Ilunga limp off with hamstring trouble, although Zola is hopeful neither will be long-term problems.

"Parker shouldn't be too bad," the Italian said. "He had a tight hamstring but he said it felt better and he shouldn't be too long and we'll see in the next few days.

"Ilunga is the same thing, he just felt his hamstring a little bit so he shouldn't be anything serious. …

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