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Monday 17 September 2012

Villas-Boas calls on Spurs to build on first win

Tottenham manager celebrates first victory at club with Jermain Defoe starring against Reading

Tottenham Hotspur striker Jermain Defoe put his side ahead after 18 minutes

Reading 1-3 Tottenham Hotspur

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Andre Villas-Boas was happy to earn his first win as Tottenham Hotspur manager as his team beat Reading 3-1 in the Barclays Premier League and expressed his hope it would build confidence after a stuttering start to the season.

Jermain Defoe struck twice with a Gareth Bale goal in-between as Spurs dominated at the Madejski Stadium, where the home fans only had a late consolation from Robson Hal-Kanu to shout about.

"We've been chasing this win for quite some time and it's important for everybody," the Portuguese said. "Hopefully we can shoot on from now on.

"We could have gone 2-0 up a little bit earlier as we looked bright and confident and played very, very good football."

Villas-Boas deployed Defoe in a lone role up front and was delighted with the performance of the striker, who also netted for England during the international break.

"I'm happy for Defoe to find the back of the net again," he said. “Three goals in the Premier League shows the goalscorer that he is.

"And I'm happy for the team in general. They were very committed to getting our first win. It's always difficult against promoted teams. Hopefully this can give us a build up for the future."

Reading manager Brian McDermott conceded that his side, who are looking for their first win since returning to the Barclays Premier League, had been second-best. "We came up against a top-class side today and they played well,” he said. “They deserved to win.

"We have to move on very, very quickly - you have to do that in this league. It's a learning curve for all of us. We know we're playing against a team of world-class individuals, and today they have played well and we didn't cause them enough problems."

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Key Points

  • Jermain Defoe scores twice as Spurs win first match of the season
  • Gareth Bale scores the other in dominant display by Andre Villas-Boas' side
  • Hal Robson-Kanu strikes a last-minute consolation for the home side