Jermain Defoe haunted by Etihad miss

Defoe haunted by Etihad miss
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Tottenham Hotspur forward Jermain Defoe admits that he found it difficult to move on from his miss during Spurs' 3-2 defeat at Manchester City last season.

Tottenham Hotspur forward Jermain Defoe has admitted that he found it difficult to move on following Spurs' 3-2 defeat at Manchester City last season.

After fighting back from 2-0 down to level the game, Defoe had a golden chance to put the North Londoners in front in the final minute of normal time.

However, the England striker failed to connect with a Gareth Bale cross and City then rubbed salt into Tottenham wounds when Mario Balotelli scored from the penalty spot moments later.

"We should have won," Defoe told The Mirror. "If I am honest I felt throughout the game we were the better side. I played up front on my own and they had five in midfield. I scored, Gareth [Bale] scored and it was 2-2. Then we had that chance.

"Gareth played it across the box so that I could just tap it in, but I stretched and missed it. I was convinced that if I'd got to it I'd have got it in. After that, they got the penalty and scored to win the game.

"Looking back, I think maybe we were not meant to win on that day. It was all a bit mad. I thought about that miss afterwards for ages."

Spurs return to the Etihad Stadium on Sunday.

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