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Sunderland striker Defoe proud to be named North East Football Writers’ Player of the Year

13 Feb

Jermain Defoe has spoken of his pride after being crowned the North East Football Writers’ Player of the Year. Defoe’s efforts were recognised at a star-studded event in Durham tonight and he dedicated his award to the Sunderland fanbase.

The 34-year-old’s goals helped Sunderland towards Premier League safety last season and is the leading light again this campaign, with 14 goals as they again battle to beat the drop.

It was a good night for Wearside as England Under-21 international goalkeeper Jordan Pickford collected the Young Player of the Year, while England Ladies skipper Steph Houghton, from South Hetton, was the Women’s Player of the Year.

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‘I enjoy the pressure of scoring goals’, Sunderland’s red-hot striker Jermain Defoe tells talkSPORT

10 Feb

Sunderland striker Jermain Defoe has told talkSPORT he thrives off the pressure of being the club’s best hope of Premier League survival.

Defoe is in red hot form for the Black Cats, with the 34-year-old hitman taking his tally to 14 goals this season with a well taken brace against Crystal Palace.

Saturday's 4-0 thrashing of the Eagles was Sunderland’s first win in seven games, and although they remain at the bottom of the table, they are now just two points adrift of safety.

Defoe scored a total of 18 goals last season as the Wearside escaped the clutches of relegation by the skin of their teeth.

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Bradley Lowery receives visit from Sunderland stars as cancer sufferer cuddles up to star striker Jermain Defoe

09 Feb

The five-year-old was all smiles chatting with John O'Shea, Sebastian Larsson and Vito Mannone

Bradley Lowery has captured the hearts of football fans with his brave battle against Neuroblastoma, a rare form of the disease, and Sunderland stars have rewarded him with a special visit.

The five-year-old cuddled up to hero and Black Cats striker Jermain Defoe , who has made a special fuss of the youngster in recent months.

Bradley was the club's mascot against Chelsea before Christmas and his case has sparked a widespread fund raising campaign by fans.

Captain John O'Shea, Sebastian Larsson and Vito Mannone also attended to cheer the youngster up, with an official post on his Facebook page expressing the family's gratitude towards Sunderland.

Double Delight: Defoe hails backroom team

08 Feb

Jermain Defoe paid tribute to the team behind the team following Sunderland’s stunning 4-0 win over Crystal Palace.

The striker, who ran riot at Selhurst Park with a deadly double, hailed David Moyes and his backroom team following a team effort – on and off the pitch – in South London. Lamine Kone and Didier Ndong were also amongst the goals as Moyes’ men dismantled Big Sam’s Eagles, and speaking to the top scorer urged his team-mates to build on their performance.

“To come here and put in a performance like that – and have those energy levels – was amazing,” said Defoe. “Full credit to the coaching staff and the manager as well because I thought everyone played their part, and the players worked hard from the first minute to the last.”

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Jermain Defoe: I knew great performance was coming after ‘sharp’ training session

07 Feb

It was the perfect day for Sunderland and Jermain Defoe as they ended an eight-game winless run with a stunning 4-0 victory at Crystal Palace. Hull’s shock win over Liverpool meant the Black Cats stayed at the bottom of the table, but Saturday’s Selhurst Park win transformed the relegation landscape. The Black Cats are now just two points from safety, with a game against out-of-form Southampton at the Stadium of Light this coming weekend.

While the scale of the Eagles’ implosion was a surprise to 34-year-old striker Defoe, the three points was not. Sunderland’s talisman put it down to a well-executed gameplan and positive signs on the training ground in midweek. The two-goal frontman said: “I felt confident from the training session (on Friday) – it was sharp and I could tell that the lads were really on it. “I think that was because of the result against Tottenham – we didn’t score, but the way that we defended and the character, we felt like we got the spirit back.

“Coming into the game, I felt confident, it was just a case of keeping clean sheets and giving ourselves a chance to win games, and we did it against Tottenham, an unbelievable team who are difficult to play against. “I suppose if you can do that against the lesser teams then you always give yourself a chance to get points. But to score four goals in the first half (at Palace), it was a good feeling. “Credit to the coaching staff as well.

“Tactically, I thought we got it spot on and it’s just down to the players to go and execute the game plan, which we did, to be disciplined. “It was the perfect performance, I think, the perfect performance “Clean sheet, score four goals, go home with three points. Brilliant.” 

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