Spurs' Premier League title hopes were dealt a hefty blow yesterday as they were beaten 3-2 in stoppage time by leaders Manchester City in an eventful clash at the Etihad Stadium.
Mario Balotelli, who had earlier escaped punishment after catching Scott Parker's head with his boot, controversially netted the winning penalty moments after Defoe had gone close to snatching the game himself.
The result left third-placed Spurs trailing City by eight points in the table with Manchester United between the clubs.
Defoe said: "We were so unlucky. The lads are devastated.
"We really thought we were going to win the game when it was 2-2.
"It was just unfortunate. We just needed that bit of luck and it wasn't there.
"But we will keep going. We have got some big games coming up - games that we can get points from, games I think we can win. We'll be fine."
A previously cagey contest came to life when former Arsenal midfielder Samir Nasri fired City ahead in the 56th minute.
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