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Last Updated: Sunday, 5 February 2006, 15:27 GMT
Tottenham 3-1 Charlton
Tottenham's Michael Carrick makes a tackle against Charlton
Jermain Defoe boosted Tottenham's claims for a Champions League spot with a brace against former club Charlton.

The striker fired a deflected shot past Thomas Myhre in the 14th minute before Spurs added another when Jermaine Jenas ran through to net before half-time.

Defoe, hoping to impress the watching England assistant boss Tord Grip, latched onto Tom Huddlestone's pass to make it three shortly after the break.

Jerome Thomas fired a consolation for Charlton with 20 minutes remaining.

Spurs had been stuttering in their quest for fourth spot in the Premiership but the first-half showing will have heartened fans anxious that arch-rivals Arsenal were only a point behind following their win at Birmingham.

Defoe, who has spent much of the season warming the bench, will have felt some relief, too, after seven games without a goal.

He had already looked busy before he gave the home side an early lead.

But he finally broke the deadlock when he latched onto a pass from Jenas and fired the ball past Myhre with the help of a deflection off Luke Young.

Spurs dominated the remainder of the first half but were guilty of over-elaboration in front of goal.

However, they increased their lead five minutes before the break when Robbie Keane found Jenas with a defence-splitting pass.

The former Newcastle midfielder was able to shake off Chris Powell before prodding the ball past Myhre.

Only then did the Addicks come to life, Marcus Bent seeing his dipping effort hit the bar just before the break.

But any hopes Charlton had of making an early impression after the interval were extinguished after just 45 seconds.

Huddlestone, on for the injured Teemu Tainio, played the ball through to Defoe, who clipped the ball over the advancing Myhre.

Herman Hreidarsson stopped Keane with a last-ditch tackle and then a goal-line clearance as Spurs threatened to run away with the game.

But Thomas, who had entered the fray as a substitute, pulled a goal back for Charlton after twisting past Paul Stalteri and firing inside Paul Robinson's near post.

  • Tottenham manager Martin Jol on his striker situation:
    "I think Jermain and Robbie can play together if they work the defence. It is about balance.

    "If Jermain is going to be in that sort of form, there is no point keeping him on the bench.

    "Rasiak came in and had his chance but did not do well but Jermain had a lot more rhythm than he did at Fulham last week.

    "We had a young side out and they did well. I certainly think we deserved to win."

  • Charlton manager Alan Curbishley:
    "I don't think we gave ourselves a chance. Away from home, we have got to set our stall out and give ourselves a shout.

    "Tottenham got hold of the ball early on and caused us problems and I should have changed it before they scored.

    "We have got to get our act together about how we are going to tackle these games and I have left them in no doubt what is needed."

    Tottenham: Robinson, Stalteri, King, Gardner, Kelly, Lennon (Jackson 45), Jenas, Carrick, Tainio (Huddlestone 25), Keane, Defoe.
    Subs Not Used: Cerny, Davenport, Barnard.

    Goals: Defoe 14, Jenas 41, Defoe 46.

    Charlton: Myhre, Young, Fortune, Hreidarsson, Powell (Spector 68), Ambrose (Bothroyd 75), Smertin, Kishishev (Thomas 53), Hughes, Marcus Bent, Darren Bent.
    Subs Not Used: Andersen, Perry.

    Booked: Hughes, Hreidarsson, Fortune.

    Goals: Thomas 70.

    Att: 36,034

    Ref: P Dowd (Staffordshire).

    Interview: Tottenham boss Martin Jol

    Interview: Charlton boss Alan Curbishley

    Interview: Jermain Defoe

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