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Tottenham vs. QPR: 6 Things We Learned from Spurs' 2-1 Win

Joe TanseyFeatured Columnist IVMay 12, 2016

Tottenham vs. QPR: 6 Things We Learned from Spurs' 2-1 Win

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    On Sunday at White Hart Lane, Tottenham came from behind to beat Queens Park Rangers 2-1.

    In a match that did not lack excitement, QPR were dominant in the first half and were rewarded in the 33rd minute with a goal from Bobby Zamora.

    Spurs came back in the second half and started their own scoring with a goal from Alejandro Faurlin in the 59th minute.

    Two minutes later, Jermain Defoe scored to give Spurs the lead for good.

    Although QPR had plenty of chances to equalize in the second half, they were unable to as Mark Hughes is still looking for his first away win of the season.

    Here are six things that we learned from Tottenham's 2-1 victory over QPR.

Gareth Bale Has to Start in Midfield for Tottenham

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    When the starting lineups were released before Sunday's match, many people wondered why Gareth Bale was listed at left back for Tottenham.

    Bale was forced to start at his old position because of injuries to both Benoit Assou-Ekotto and Kyle Naughton.

    Without Bale on the wing, Spurs struggled to create any chances throughout the first half.

    Once Bale was moved on to the left wing after halftime, Tottenham looked like a deadly attacking team, and it was Bale who helped set up both goals in the second half.

Jan Vertonghen Needs to Start More at Left Back

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    At the start of the second half, Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas brought on Steven Caulker to replace Gylfi Sigurdsson.

    That substitution allowed Bale to move to the left wing and Jan Vertonghen to left back.

    During the second half, Vertonghen was very productive in going forward for Spurs in attack,

    For the time being, Vertonghen could be the player that Villas-Boas needs to step up at the position while both left backs are out injured.

Clint Dempsey Provided a Spark When Spurs Needed It Most

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    One of the most energetic players on the pitch on Sunday was Tottenham's new signing, Clint Dempsey.

    In the first half, QPR keeper Julio Cesar made zero saves.

    In the second half, Cesar was forced into action in the 51st minute by Dempsey's shot from long range.

    Once Dempsey got the first shot on goal for his club, Spurs began to play with a newfound sense of confidence.

    Throughout the rest of the match, the American was flying over defenders in the penalty area trying to get his head to the ball on corner kicks.

    Dempsey was also a part of many of the Tottenham counter attacks during the late end of the second half.

Brad Friedel Will Not Lose His Starting Job Anytime Soon

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    Once again, Brad Friedel proved that he is not going to give up his starting spot at goalkeeper anytime soon.

    Friedel made a few big saves in the first half as Spurs were struggling to get an attack started.

    With Friedel continuing to have good performances in Premier League matches, backup keeper Hugo Lloris may just be playing in the Europa League and both domestic cup competitions only this season.

QPR's New Signings Are Beginning to Work Well Together

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    Many people believed that Mark Hughes' QPR club needed a few matches before all of their new signings worked well together.

    Sunday's match at White Hart Lane was a sign that all the new signings are performing well.

    Of the six summer signings that started on Sunday, five of them had a impact on the match.

    Julio Cesar made a few good saves in net to keep the club in the match.

    Park Ji-Sung, David Hoilett and Esteban Granero were continuously involved in the attack while defender Ryan Nelsen was strong in the back all match as well.

    The only new signing who failed to contribute was Jose Bosingwa, who was taken off the pitch after three minutes due to injury.

QPR Need Someone Other Than Bobby Zamora to Score Goals

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    QPR's only goal of the match came from Bobby Zamora in the 33rd minute.

    It was Zamora's third goal of the season in the Premier League, but it was also QPR's third goal of the season.

    With Zamora being the only provider so far for QPR, they need to find someone who can complement the English forward soon.

    The answer may be David Hoilett, who started alongside Zamora on Sunday, but he lacked the killer instinct in front of goal in the 72nd minute when he took forever to get a shot on goal when he was wide open.

    Other options may come in the form of Djibril Cisse or Jamie Mackie if Hoilett is unable to play well with Zamora up front.

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