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Defoe delighted to reach fifth round
Published : 03 Feb 2010 22:47:13
Defoe opened the scoring with a mis-hit shot after 37 minutes before Luciano Becchio levelled shortly before half-time. The England striker then grabbed a second in the 73rd minute from David Bentley's cross before completing his hat-trick at the end to earn Spurs a fifth-round meeting with Bolton. Defoe told ITV1: "That was a difficult game. A cup tie is always difficult. "Away from home it was a great performance from the lads, I am pleased with the win. "We stuck in and still passed the ball." David Bentley has had a difficult time at White Hart Lane since his move from Blackburn in July 2008, hardly featuring under Harry Redknapp. The 25-year-old was voted man of the match despite Defoe's hat-trick and he told ITV1: "It has been a difficult time since I came here. "I just look to every game I play, look to take advantage and enjoy myself. I take it game by game, you never know in football. "My time at Tottenham has been a hard one but hopefully I can start enjoying it now." Boss Harry Redknapp praised Bentley and challenged him to maintain his application, telling ITV1: "He has come back and taken his opportunity. "He has shown what a good player he is in the last couple of games and he needs to keep on doing that." Of Defoe, Redknapp added: "He's got to keep working hard. "They (Defoe and Peter Crouch) were a good pair tonight. It was a good all-found performance." Leeds manager Simon Grayson was not too downbeat after the game and looked ahead. He said: "We've just said to the players we've got to take a lot positives. We have given Tottenham two good games. "Our main aim is to get promotion and play in front of 30,000 every week."