Defoe ‘delighted’ with three-point haul

Spurs playmaker Luka Modric continued his comeback from a fractured

fibula in August by scoring on his return to the starting XI and

former Hammers striker Defoe added a second in the second half.

“It’s fantastic, that’s what we wanted,” Defoe told Sky Sports 1.

“I think we’re good enough to compete up there, so we’re delighted

with a great three points.” Man-of-the-match Tom Huddlestone, who

turned 23 on Monday, said: “We came in at half-time having totally

dominated the first half, but in a local derby anything can happen

– once Jermain got the second we were home and dry.” Huddlestone

believes he and Defoe benefited by missing last Saturday’s draw at

Fulham. “We felt sharp today,” he added. “Some of the lads that

played on Boxing Day said they felt a bit stiff in between, but for

me and Jermain to be rested or dropped, we felt fresh today.” West

Ham were hampered by injuries including the first-half departure of

midfielder Scott Parker. The Hammers have been afflicted by

injuries but manager Gianfranco Zola praised the team’s response.

“We can only be strong and try to get round this problem – that’s

all we can do,” he said. “I must say the reaction from the team for

all the injury problems has been massive. “I’m delighted with the

performance. In the second half we created some chances and we

looked all right.” On whether Zola should have rested Parker, the

Italian said: “It’s pointless now to say I should or shouldn’t have

done. “We decided together that he was to play, unfortunately it

didn’t go right. “Hopefully it’s not going to be a bad thing. It’s

not bad damage.”