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Defoe: Bagged a brace

Defoe: Bagged a brace

Two goals from in-form striker Jermain Defoe helped Tottenham Hotspur beat West Ham 3-1 in the London derby at White Hart Lane on Sunday.

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Spurs came out the blocks all guns blazing and Defoe fired two warning shots in the opening six minutes, closely followed by a rasping effort from Gareth Bale that came back off the underside of the bar.

Clint Dempsey had two good chances but it wasn't until a minute before half-time that Spurs took the lead and it was worth the wait.

Defoe ran past several defenders and struck a powerful strike past Jussi Jaaskelainen from 30 yards out.

In the second half West Ham almost pulled one back on 49 minutes when Matt Jarvis forced Hugo Lloris into a smart save, before the French keeper was required again to stop the Irons man eight minutes later.

Dempsey hit the bar with a powerful long-range drive on 58 minutes and then a minute later it was 2-0, the American chipping a through ball to Bale who took it on his chest and calmly slotted it in off the post.

The game was effectively sealed up on 64 minutes when Defoe got his second, Aaron Lennon running straight through the West Ham defence to give the England man a simple close range tap-in.

Andy Carroll got a goal back for West Ham on 82 minutes with a header bringing him his first goal for the club, but Spurs held on to keep all three points in North London.

Posted: 25/11/12 18:17

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