Tottenham boss praises Defoe after victory

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Last night saw Tottenham Hotspur take a second successive victory in their Europa League Group K clash against Anzhi Makhachkala in Moscow.

Jermain Defoe moved within a goal of Martin Chiver's club record European haul of 22, after opening the scoring for Tottenham in the 34th minute.

Lewis Holtby's precision passing ensured Defoe his seventh goal in four starts this season, and Spurs' manager Andre Villas-Boas was full of praise for the 30-year-old.

The Portuguese manager was quoted on ESPN saying: "It was another great goal, a great finish.

"It's really good to see him out there again doing extremely well whenever he's given the opportunity."

Fan favourite Defoe has had less opportunities this season after a big money summer signing of preferred lone-striker Roberto Soldado - who seems to be replacing Defoe in the starting line-up for Sunday's Premier League fixture against West Ham.

Discussing both players, Villas-Boas said: "We have to judge recovery and the fact that JD [Defoe] was involved today and Soldado wasn't.

"Everything will come into consideration.

"We have been extremely happy with the performances of both. It is a question of deciding what is best for the team."

However, although Defoe faces the bench this weekend, it didn't stop the Spurs manager dishing him more praise after last night's success.

"He is a great professional, has a great attitude and now he's only one off Martin Chivers so it's a real great achievement for him."

Last night was an all round success for British teams, with Swansea sealing a 1-0 victory over FC St Gallen, and Wigan netting three goals against NK Maribor to finish on 3-1.

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