A last minute Mario Balotelli penalty decided the game in the hosts’ favour, but the England international feels Roberto Mancini’s men had a bit of luck on their side.
“I still think we can look up,” Defoe told The Guardian.
“There are a lot of positives we can take out of the game. In the second half we were the better side. They are a great team and to come to places like this is difficult – not many teams come here and get points. And we were really unlucky. If you look at their second goal, for example, Scott Parker blocked it against Joleon [Lescott], who didn’t even know where the ball was, and it went in. That’s the luck they got, as well as a last-minute penalty.
“I am feeling gutted but we were the better side after half-time, creating more chances and keeping the ball to hit them on the counterattack. We were unfortunate not to get a point or even win the game. We showed a lot of character to come back from 2-0 down. It was unbelievable.
“When I got the goal it came at a good time for us and then Gareth Bale’s strike was unbelievable. We started to believe we were going to win the game. We put them under pressure, pressed them high up the pitch – there was great energy from the boys and it was just unfortunate we didn’t win,” he stated.
Defoe had the chance to steal victory for Tottenham in the dying minutes but agonisingly couldn’t quite convert a Gareth Bale cross.
“I just couldn’t reach it,” he continued.
“Those ones can be difficult sometimes because, when Gareth made the cross, he had to play it in front of me rather than straight and I just couldn’t reach it. It is not going to play on my mind. If I had longer legs then I would have scored, that’s all.
“Overall we deserved a point. Now there are still a lot of games left to play – big games for us – and those are the ones you want to play in; the pressure you want as a footballer. Every game we play from now on is a cup final,” he finished.
By Gareth McKnight