Jermain Defoe justified his selection with a vital brace for Tottenham Hotspur in an impressive 3-1 victory over Reading at the Madejski Stadium.
The England international opened the scoring in a first-half that Spurs completely dominated, before making the game safe with his side’s third on 74 minutes. Gareth Bale added the second for Andre Villas-Boas’ side, before Hal Robson-Kanu’s last minute consolation for the Royals.
Defoe was selected ahead of Emmanuel Adebayor for the visitors, and opened the scoring on 18 minutes when he swept the ball home following a quick break. Gylfi Sigurdsson, who used to ply his trade for Reading, found the striker with an inch-perfect pass.
Spurs should have led by more, but with only a one-goal advantage, the game was still in the balance. That was until Welshman Bale made it 2-0, scuffing the ball past debutant keeper Alex McCarthy on 71 minutes after good work from Kyle Walker down the right.
Brian McDermott’s side had offered little going forward, and the gloss was put on the performance moments later when Defoe picked up the ball in his own half, out-paced defenders and fired across goal with his left foot.
Reading kept going to the end, and got a late reward when Adam Le Fondre’s chip was met at the far post by Robson-Kanu.
It mattered little however, and Villas-Boas got his first win as Tottenham boss after a defeat and two draws in the first three matches.