AVB heaps praise on in-form Defoe

Blackpool Citizen: Andre Villas-Boas was full of praise for Jermain Defoe after Tottenham's victory over Reading Andre Villas-Boas was full of praise for Jermain Defoe after Tottenham's victory over Reading

Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas hailed Jermain Defoe after the striker bagged a brace against Reading to help the Portuguese to his first win in charge.

Villas-Boas went in to the game under pressure having failed to deliver a victory in his first three contests, but the 34-year-old left the Madejski with a broad smile after watching his team claim an easy 3-1 triumph.

"I'm extremely happy for him," Villas-Boas said. "He is such a prolific striker for club and country. It's amazing how he sniffs out goal-scoring opportunities and makes the most of them."

The architect of the victory was Defoe. The 29-year-old converted an Aaron Lennon cross to put Spurs ahead and added another in the second half after Gareth Bale had made it 2-0.

Defoe's future at White Hart Lane had been in doubt this summer after the club scoured the planet for a new striker, but the former West Ham man has now scored five goals for club and country so far this term.

Villas-Boas added: "I know there were questions being raised about him being played up front on his own. On his own or with Emmanuel Adebayor alongside him, I think Jermain can continue to produce these kind of attacking opportunities.

"He has confidence as a striker and we are very grateful we can use this confidence at this moment."

Reading are still looking for their first win and may be in for a long season if this match is anything to go by. Spurs goalkeeper Brad Friedel remained a spectator throughout the contest, with his only action of note coming in the last minute when he picked Hal Robson-Kanu's consolation out of his net.

Royals manager Brian McDermott conceded his side had been second-best throughout, and he said: "The second goal killed us really. We came up against a top-class side and they played well. 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 they have played well and we didn't cause them enough problems."

click2find

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree