Defoe backing Spurs to strike back
STRIKER Jermain Defoe is confident Tottenham will bounce back quickly after being left "devastated" by their last-gasp loss at Manchester City.
Spurs' Premier League title hopes were dealt a hefty blow on Sunday as they were beaten 3-2 in stoppage time by leaders Manchester City in an eventful clash at the Etihad Stadium.
Mario Balotelli 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, 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 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, but was unable to guide Bale's cross in.
But while Spurs have seen their title challenge dwindle, Defoe still believes the Londoners have plenty to play for.
He said: "It was a tough game but we really performed, so there are a lot of positives we can take."