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The Madejski Stadium (ATT 24,160) 16th September 2012 - Kick off 16:00 Ref: H Webb

Reading Reading vs Tottenham Hotspur Tottenham

Reading 1

H Robson-Kanu (90)


Tottenham 3

J Defoe (18, 74)
G Bale (71)

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  1. 95

    The final whistle sounds and Spurs have their first win of the season. They were full value for it to be fair with Vertonghen strong at the back, Sigurdsson impressive in midfield and Defoe clincal up front. Reading stay second bottom, while Spurs climb into the top half. They are 10th. Thanks for joining us - hope you enjoyed the commentary.

  2. 94

    A late call for a penalty as Gallas challenges Le Fondre. It looked like a wild swing at the ball that missed from the French defender. Ref Webb has none of it though. Should have been given for me.

  3. 93

    With just seconds left, Defoe is booked - the only card of the game - for holding off Harte with an arm in his face.

  4. 92

    McCleary battles into the box but again there is Gallas to nod away.

  5. 90

    No clean sheet from Spurs and Reading's best move of the game produces a goal. They work the ball from the back down the right and the move ends with Le Fondre lifting the ball to the far post where Robson-Kanu stretches to volley home. Good goal, but too little too late surely.

  6. 90


  7. 89

    Defoe volleys over from Townsend's cross from the right and misses the chance of a hat-trick.

  8. 87

    Andros Townsend makes his Premier League debut, coming on for Lennon sporting a smashing moustache. Old school.

  9. 86

    As if to prove my point, Gallas makes a goal-line clearance to deny Le Fondre. That was the first time Spurs had really looked like conceding today, Reading finally causing some panic in the penalty area.

  10. 85

    Gallas heads behind for a Reading corner. The visitors' defence look determine to claim a clen sheet. Naughton then clears a Harte cross for a throw.

  11. 84

    A stat which helps tell the story - Spurs 19 attempts, Reading two.

  12. 83

    Hal Robson-Kanu and Noel Hunt come on for Guthrie and Pogrebnyak. Might be a bit late for them to change this one around me thinks.

  13. 82

    Defoe and Lennon combine, trying to set up Dempsey, but Lennon's pass cannot pick out the American in the box.

  14. 81

    This time it's Guthrie who has the ball taken from him by Vertonghen. Very impressed by the Belgian today, although he'll have plenty of tougher challenges ahead than this attack.

  15. 79

    Bizarrely the American attacker has the number two on his back. Apparently that was the number he wore when he started playing football as a child.

  16. 78

    A Spurs debut for Clint Dempsey. He replaces Bale.

  17. 76

    The classy Vertonghen sweeps up at the back again to halt a Reading attack. The hosts have really struggled against a solid backline today.

  18. 75

    Hard to argue with the scoreline today. Spurs have impressed and this result should put a disappointing start behind them.

  19. 74

    He's been threatening to score all day and now he does. Defoe robs Gorkss on halfway and sets off. His pace takes him away from the chasing defenders and he fires a clincal shot past McCarthy's left hand. The keeper had no chance. 3-0 and it's game over now.

  20. 74


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