Sunderland saviour Defoe: I was confident I would score last-gasp penalty

Jermain Defoe celebrates his penalty leveller
Jermain Defoe celebrates his penalty leveller
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Sunderland striker Jermain Defoe insists that he was always confident about converting the last-gasp penalty which earned a potentially precious point at Stoke today.

The Black Cats were heading for a 1-0 defeat until Defoe came to the rescue in stoppage time, netting from the spot.

Sunderland still dropped into the relegation zone, but have a game in hand on Newcastle, who are a point better off.

Defoe told Sky Sports: “I thought we played well today, first half was scrappy but it is a difficult place to come. I thought they played well but you always need that bit of luck and we got it in the end.

“Everyone worked hard and put a shift in and we will fight to the end. The lads gave the ball to me and I was confident I would score.

“I didn’t realise about any delay, when it is a penalty you try and relax and there was no negative thoughts in my mind. It is a massive relief, we will take the point.”

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