Defoe scores 2 as Spurs beat Reading 3-1

Jermain Defoe capped a superb individual display with two

well-taken goals in Tottenham’s 3-1 win over Reading on Sunday,

earning manager Andre Villas-Boas a relieving first Premier League

victory at the club.

The England striker was again preferred up front to Emmanuel

Adebayor and justified the faith shown in him by Villas-Boas by

opening the scoring in 18th minute and completing a convincing win

with a fine solo effort in the 74th.

Left winger Gareth Bale scored Spurs’ other goal, a scuffed

finish in the 71st following good work by Kyle Walker down the

right, but it was Defoe who will take all the plaudits after

destroying Reading’s defense.

”Jermain is showing his abilities, the amount of shots he has

on target is amazing,” Villas-Boas said. ”As the lone striker up

front, he is linking well with the colleagues.”

A first win of the season at the fourth time of asking lifts

Spurs into mid-table and eases the pressure on Villas-Boas as the

young Portuguese bids to restore his reputation at the London club

following his disastrous eight-month spell at Chelsea.

The only negative at the Madejski Stadium for Spurs was the

injury-time goal conceded to Hal Robson-Kanu, ruining the clean

sheet of veteran Brad Friedel after the American goalkeeper again

started ahead of new signing Hugo Lloris.

But Villas-Boas would otherwise have been delighted with

Tottenham’s fluidity in midfield which had Reading chasing shadows

for much of the game. There was time, too, to give Clint Dempsey a

late run-out as substitute for the United States forward’s first

appearance since signing from Fulham on deadline day.

”It was a well-deserved win,” Villas-Boas said. ”Everyone

performed to their top level and it is a win that will lift us up

for the season.

”The most important thing today was the motivation of the

players to change the negative results at home.”

Reading was also looking to claim a first win of the season

after opening with a draw and a loss in its first campaign back in

the top flight. But the hosts were up against it from the moment

Defoe connected with a cutback from Aaron Lennon to sweep a

well-placed finish into the bottom corner.

Defoe, who now has three league goals this season as well as two

in internationals with England, missed other good chances either

side of the break and also set up Gylfi Sigurdsson for a gilt-edged

opportunity that the Iceland midfielder saw cleared off the line in

the 32nd.

Bale made the game safe when he met a cross from walker with a

right-footed shot that bounced into the ground and looped over

Reading goalkeeper Alex McCarthy.

Three minutes later, Defoe dispossessed Kaspars Gorkss on the

halfway line, charged past two other defenders on a 40-yard run

before slipping a shot past McCarthy.

The goal was welcomed with a fist pump on the sidelines by

Villas-Boas, who could finally celebrate three points after

throwing away winning positions late on against West Bromwich

Albion and Norwich.

”Today was a learning curve for all of us,” Reading manager

Brian McDermott said. ”Spurs is a team full of world-class

performers, but we didn’t cause enough problems for them.

”I thought we were too submissive and didn’t get on the ball

enough or in their faces.”