Sunderland forward Jermain Defoe has explained to the Northern Echo that he doesn’t care about the way he was perceived for his reaction during the game against Newcastle last weekend.
Defoe scored the only goal of the game for the Black Cats, producing a stunning volley which reduced him to tears considering the importance and occasion of the fixture.
“I also think I showed I am an emotional person after the goal went in. As the whistle went for half-time and as I was walking down the tunnel I thought ‘I’m crying and I’m on the telly’ but I didn’t care,” said Defoe.
“For the fans and everyone it was just a special day. When you are a young kid playing football you want to play in massive games.”
The result was massive for the Black Cats because it moved the team up the table and put a little cushion between themselves and the bottom three.
It should be encouraging for all Sunderland fans that despite Defoe’s relatively short spell with the side, he obviously cares a great deal about the way he and his teammates are perceived.
The significance and importance of staying in the Premier League is greater than ever before and it’s important that all players show the same levels of passion and commitment as Defoe over the rest of the season.
Next up is a game against Crystal Palace this weekend, which will be difficult as Alan Pardew’s team are fresh off of a win against the champions.