Tottenham Hotspur 3—1 Reading: Player Ratings

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Tottenham Hotspur 3—1 Reading: Player Ratings
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Tottenham Hotspur made it seven wins in their last nine Premier League games after dominating for almost the entire 90 minutes against Reading.

It was a perfect end to the holiday period for André Villas-Boas, who enjoyed his fist win as Spurs boss at Reading. The 3-1 win against Reading earlier this season was replicated at White Hart Lane, though it could have been a much more comprehensive win, such were the opportunities Spurs created.

Reading were set up to defend and the onus was on Spurs to attack at home, something they struggled with against Norwich City, West Bromwich Albion and Wigan Athletic.

It looked set to be a frustrating afternoon for the home side, particularly after Pavel Pogrebnyak put the away side ahead early on. However, Michael Dawson scored his first league goal in four years shortly afterwards and it would have been a huge shock had Spurs not won against a side with the worst away record in the league.

Emmanuel Adebayor shook off his first-half slumber to put the home side ahead with a towering header from an Aaron Lennon cross before substitute Clint Dempsey scored his first league goal at home when his shot was deflected into the net.

The result means that Spurs jump back into third above Chelsea ahead of the FA Cup third round fixture with Coventry City next weekend.

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