Sunday 19 November 2017

Defoe hails 'unbelievable' goal in derby win

Jermain Defoe
Jermain Defoe

Sunderland striker Jermain Defoe could barely believe what he was seeing as he watched a replay of his stunning match-winning volley against Newcastle.

One minute into first-half stoppage time at the Stadium of Light, Defoe scored the only goal of Sunderland's fifth straight derby victory over the Magpies.

Costel Pantilimon's goal-kick reached Steven Fletcher, who headed the ball down for Defoe to beat Tim Krul with a sumptuous, swerving, left-footed volley.

The former Tottenham player knew straight away it was a good strike as he became clearly emotional during his celebrations, but revisiting it again following full-time left him short on words.

He said: "To be honest it's unbelievable. As soon as it leaves your foot you know it's going in and it's an unbelievable feeling.

"Words can't even describe how I felt when that went in - it's quite emotional really.

"It was a massive game and I just wanted to do well. The lads have worked so hard and everyone's put the effort in. We just wanted the three points as well and I'm delighted we got them."


Dick Advocaat allowed himself to celebrate his first victory as Black Cats boss but made sure to express his mild frustration that his team had not bolstered a risky 1-0 scoreline.

When asked about Defoe's strike, he said: "I thought it was a brilliant goal, but besides that we had some good opportunities to score more goals.

"Overall, I think we really deserved it."

The Dutchman paid tribute to the Sunderland fans, who were in full voice throughout and sustained their team even when legs grew heavier in the final exchanges.

"I've said it before, if you can get them behind you straight from the beginning then it will give you an extra boost," Advocaat added.

"I'm really, really happy for the players, and for the fans because they deserved it as well. They were a real 12th man and I'm really happy about that.

"If they can keep doing this then we can give every opponent a very difficult time here.

"We know that we still have three home games to go and we have to get the points there but from tomorrow we will start concentrating on Crystal Palace."

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