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Spurs star’s keen to keep contributing goals after strike against Stoke

Mousa Dembele scored the second goal of Tottenham's 3-0 win over Stoke at White Hart Lane Mousa Dembele scored the second goal of Tottenham's 3-0 win over Stoke at White Hart Lane

Monday, December 30, 2013
12:02 PM

Mousa Dembele admits his second Premier League goal for Tottenham was “a long time coming” - and he is now looking forward to facing Manchester United at Old Trafford on New Year’s Day.

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Dembele seemed set to become a regular scorer for Spurs when he netted on his debut against Norwich on September 1 last year, having come off the bench at half-time.

However, he has only struck three times for the Lilywhites since then – with two of them coming in the Europa League – and yesterday’s goal in the 3-0 home win over Stoke was his first in 46 top-flight fixtures.

“I was very happy to score, it was a long time coming,” said the Belgian. “Everybody was saying that I don’t score much, so of course that is my aim. That is the thing I need to make better so I was very happy. I want to score more.

“It was an important game for us to win at home, to have this confidence again and to show that we are a good team - and we showed that.

“It’s not a long time that the coach [Tim Sherwood] has been with us, but he has made some adjustments. He has talked about that with us a lot.

“He gives us confidence to play our own game, to try to attack, but we are organised too. We are playing in an attacking way but we also make sure that we are organised, so that is important. You can’t attack all the time, he explained that, and he trains us to be organised too.

“The most important thing [about beating Stoke] was that, as a team, we played very well. I think we can take confidence from this for the next game.”

That next match is one to savour as Tottenham travel north to take on Man United on Wednesday.

And, having played his part in Spurs’ historic victory at Old Trafford last season, when the Lilywhites won at the Theatre of Dreams for the first time since 1989, Dembele is confident that he and his team-mates can get a positive result.

“It has been quite good for me playing there to be honest,” said the midfielder. “We had quite a good game when I was there with Fulham, and last year we [Tottenham] won so I am not scared to go there.

“They are a top team. We have a lot of respect for them of course but we have a very good team. We can’t have too much respect, we have to play our own game and we can do something there - why not?

“[They have] a different team this year so it’s difficult to think about that game. There will be a new team that will be motivated against us as well, so it’s a totally different thing but I am not scared to play there and surprise everyone.”

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