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Defoe sets sights on 150 mark

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Jermain Defoe has set his sights on scoring 150 Premier League goals after he revealed a pep talk with Tottenham coach Les Ferdinand was the inspiration behind him bringing up his century in the 2-2 draw against West Brom.

After going in 1-1 at the break, Defoe looked to have earned Spurs the win they needed to move into fourth when he dispatched a 20-yard shot that beat Scott Carson to bring up his 100th top-flight strike. The goal was also the 28-year-old's 100th goal for Spurs but West Brom substitute Simon Cox's lob earned the Baggies a point, leaving Harry Redknapp's men a point behind Manchester City, who play their game in hand against Blackburn on Monday.

"I sat down with Les and had a little chat with him. He knows me well," Defoe explained. "He said he'd been through bad patches in his career before and sometimes if you want something bad it never comes. He said to me: 'Just keep going, play the game, try not to think about it and it will come. Just be Jermain Defoe'."

Defoe is no stranger to breaking records as he became the first post-war player to score in 10 successive league matches when he was on loan at Bournemouth while on West Ham's books as an 18-year-old.

The strike meant that Defoe entered an esteemed 20-strong group of players who have passed the 100 Premier League goal mark.

Ferdinand is the fifth highest scorer on the list with 149 goals, and Defoe now has his tally in his sights.

"I want to try and beat Les. I am 28 now and I still feel fit and sharp so you never know," Defoe added.

"He thinks I can do it. He said to me: 'You'll smash it'.

"It was a relief to get to 100. It has been on my mind a lot to be honest. I wanted to do it in the West Ham game, I had a t-shirt printed and ready to go but I missed a couple of chances.

"Now the shirt's in the boot. There wasn't any point in having it. You get booked if you take your shirt off now."

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Tottenham Hotspur
West Bromwich Albion
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Manchester City
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