Roman Pavlyuchenko has revealed that a burning motivation to prove his career is not in freefall was behind the Tottenham striker's two-goal cameo against Wigan Athletic.
Pavlyuchenko took advantage of only his fifth Premier League appearance of the season to score twice following his introduction as a substitute at the DW Stadium, helping Spurs secure a 3-0 win over the Latics.
The contribution was perfectly timed as Pavlyuchenko recently accused manager Harry Redknapp of "jeering" him and pleaded with the Tottenham management to let him leave North London after struggling to make an impact since his £13.8 million arrival in the summer of 2008.
The striker feels his two-goal performance proves he can still operate at the highest level and was delighted to demonstrate as much to the watching public.
"Many people here and at home have 'buried' me as a footballer," Pavlyuchenko said in the Sun. "They said my career was all but over. That's why I wanted to score on Sunday like never before.
"Before the game, I worked so hard in training that even Redknapp praised me, which hasn't happened for quite a while. But, despite being in the perfect mood today, I do realise one good game still doesn't mean much."