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Defoe out to keep Europa bid on track against Panathinaikos

09:48 04 December 2012

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Tottenham's Jermain Defoe celebrates. Photo credit: Nick Potts/PA wire

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Jermain Defoe says that Tottenham “want to do something special” this term as they bid to reach the Europa League knockout stages.

The north Londoners need just one point from their final game at home to Greek side Panathinaikos on Thursday night to qualify for the last 32 and could even top Group J should they win and leaders Lazio lose to Maribor.

That would appear an outside possibility as the Slovenian side have won just one of their pool matches, while Defoe fired a hat-trick past them last month.

At the weekend the England international bagged a brace against London rivals Fulham in the 3-0 Premier League win and he is targeting the scalp of Panathinaikos to help keep their European dreams alive.

“We always have fantastic support and that helps the lads to perform,” Defoe told the club’s official website, adding: “The European nights are special and there is so much history here.

“We want to get through to the knockout stage of the competition and as we’ve said all along, we want to do something special this season. Things are going well at the moment and we’ve just got to keep it going.”

We moved up to fourth in the Premier League after the 3-0 win at Fulham, our third victory in six days after beating West Ham and Liverpool.

“It’s been an amazing week. If you look at the fixtures as well, they were all tough games. To win at Craven Cottage having beaten Liverpool in the week, it’s fantastic.”

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