Tottenham Hotspur vs. Reading: 5 Things We Learned

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Tottenham Hotspur vs. Reading: 5 Things We Learned
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Reading's early lead was cancelled out by a swift response from Tottenham Hotspur and their captain Michael Dawson.

Tottenham Hotspur concluded their Christmas and New Year's Premier League fixture list with a 3-1 defeat of Reading at White Hart Lane on Tuesday.

After going behind to an early Pavel Pogrebnyak strike, Tottenham responded swiftly with a headed Michael Dawson equaliser.

Emmanuel Adebayor contributed a header of his own before Clint Dempsey sealed the three points with a long-range shot that deflected wickedly over a helpless Adam Federici.

Andre Villas-Boas' side were deserving of the win, approaching the relegation-threatened Royals with a suitably relentless tempo that had the visitors on the back-foot for the majority of the match.

It was not the most eventful days for either team, but still, there were a few things to learn in this first game of 2013 for both.

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