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Defoe insists Tottenham will bounce back

Updated: Monday, 23 Jan 2012 15:26

Jermain Defoe believes his side can recover from their last gasp defeat to Manchester City
Jermain Defoe believes his side can recover from their last gasp defeat to Manchester City

Striker Jermain Defoe is confident Tottenham will bounce back quickly after being left "devastated" by their last-gasp loss at Manchester City.

Spurs' Barclays Premier League title hopes were dealt a hefty blow as they were beaten 3-2 in stoppage time by leaders Manchester City in an eventful clash at the Etihad Stadium.

Mario Balotelli, who had earlier escaped punishment after catching Scott Parker's head with his boot, controversially netted the winning penalty moments after Defoe had gone close to snatching the game himself.

The result left third-placed Spurs trailing City by eight points in the table with Manchester United between the clubs.

Defoe said: "We were so unlucky. The lads are devastated. We really thought we were going to win the game when it was 2-2.

"It was just unfortunate. We just needed that bit of luck and it wasn't there.

"But we will keep going. We have got some big games coming up - games that we can get points from, games I think we can win. We'll be fine."

A previously cagey contest came to life when former Arsenal midfielder Samir Nasri fired City ahead in the 56th minute.

Three more goals followed in a pulsating nine-minute period as Joleon Lescott added a second for City, Defoe pounced on a Stefan Savic mistake to reply and Gareth Bale curled in a superb equaliser.

Defoe was agonisingly close to settling the contest as he slid to reach a Bale cross at the back post in the dying moments but was unable to guide it in.

The 29-year-old said on Spurs TV Online: "Gaz's one at the end, it was difficult for him.

"He went past the player and had to play it in front instead of across, so I could pass it in. He had to play it in front and maybe just hit it a little too hard. I couldn't really reach it.

"As soon as I made the run I thought it was a goal. I had to stretch my leg and hook it around the post but I couldn't really reach it.

"Even then I thought we'd still get the point, the lads had done brilliantly. But they got a last-minute penalty and it was all over."

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