Poacher Defoe takes Redknapp plaudits

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Tottenham Hotspur boss Harry Redknapp has paid tribute to the goalscoring exploits of striker Jermain Defoe.

The England international striker took his tally to 10 for the season against West Brom on Tuesday night, capitalising on a starting chance to hit a second-half winner beyond the reach of keeper Ben Foster.

With rivals Manchester United stuttering to defeat at Newcastle, the 1-0 victory took on added significance, leaving Spurs just three points behind the Red Devils in second-place with a game in-hand.

"That’s what Jermain is, a goalscorer," Redknapp told the club's official website.

"He turned and just managed to get that one in for us. That was the difference. West Brom made it tough for us, they were difficult to break down.

"He’s always likely to pop up and score a goal like that and it’s just what we needed."

The strike takes Defoe to 111 goals for Tottenham - one past club legend Glenn Hoddle in the White Hart Lane record books.

More importantly, it stretches Spurs' run of form to 13 wins and three draws in the last 17 Barclays Premier League games, and keeps the north London outfit within toughing distance of Manchester City at the top of the table.

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