Vertonghen feeling confident after first goal

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Tottenham defender Jan Vertonghen spoke to the official Spurs website after his sides 2-0 win against Sheriff in the Europa League and praised his team's performance, adding that he was pleased to have scored his first goal of the season.

“It was nice because I haven’t scored this season, so it’s good to have my first goal," said Vertonghen.

“Of course, the win is most important. It’s the best team we’ve played so far this season in the Europa League, so it’s a good result for us.

“It wasn’t our best game but we kept a clean sheet and we won a difficult away game, so we can be happy.”

Jermain Defoe scored the second goal in Moldova to make it three wins out of three in Europe.

Attention now turns back to the Premier League when Spurs face Hull City on Sunday at White Hart Lane.

The Belgian international is desperate for another three points this weekend, as his side look for their first win in three games at the Lane.

“Hull have done well this season,” he said.

“They’ve played well and won a few difficult games.

“It’s important for us to keep our run going, especially at home. We have to win to stay up there. Let’s hope we win our game and other teams drop points this weekend.”

Thursday's victory also meant that Andre Villas-Boas side have kept 11 clean sheets in 14 matches. Vertonghen has been one of the reasons for this, however he says it is a team effort. 

“We defend as a team and it’s great to have clean sheets for the confidence of the defenders and the goalkeeper,” he said.

“The midfield and strikers give us a lot of pressing and we do well as a team.

“Most of the defenders are the same as last season, we’ve adapted to each other and everyone does his job and that’s important in the Premier League.”

Tottenham are fifth in the Premier League and have a marginal chance of being top of the table by the end of the weekend. 

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