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Aaron Lennon: 9
Lennon was up against one of the slowest defenders in the Premier League but his performance involved so much more than just beating the full-back.
The England winger—who’s one of the most underrated players in the league—worked hard to win the ball back countless times and always sought to get involved in the play.
The second half was much more productive for him as he set up Emmanuel Adebayor with a lovely dinked ball to the back post.
His energy was endless and he could have scored himself when he cut across the box only for Reading to block for the umpteenth time in the game.
The midfielder is now an indispensable asset for Spurs.
His touch may be clumsy at times—and he was lucky on one occasion not to find himself in the book for a studs-up tackle on Mikele Leigertwood—but he sticks his boot in countless times to win the ball back for his side.
The Brazilian combined well with Moussa Dembélé and went close when a long-range effort nicked off Sigurdsson before Adam Federici did well to save.
He drove another effort wide in the second half and was always alert as Reading briefly threatened to get something from the game. A huge, huge fans’ favorite.
Moussa Dembélé: 7
Gave away the free-kick from which Harte smacked the crossbar before Pogrebnyak nodded in the rebound.
The former Fulham man did his best to make amends thereafter, always trying to drive his side forward against a massed defense.
He went very close with one first-half shot from outside the box and was Hulk-like when in possession.
Dembélé was replaced by Scott Parker on 70 minutes as Villas-Boas looked to protect his fragile hip.
Gylfi Sigurdsson: 6
Sigurdsson was selected on the left of midfield as Gareth Bale’s replacement but he popped up in the middle as often as he did out wide.
When he was set free down the left his inability to swing in crosses on his weaker foot damaged Spurs.
It also served to help Reading’s defensive plans by condensing the play in the middle of the pitch.
He provided the corner from which Spurs equalized but needs to protect possession a bit better.