• English Barclays Premier League
  • 1 January 2013, 3:00pm
  • White Hart Lane
  • Attendance: 36,180
  • Dawson, 10
  • Adebayor, 51
  • Dempsey, 79
  • Pogrebnyak, 4

live commentary

90 mins:Full-Time: TOTTENHAM 3-1 READING.

90 mins:It's all Spurs, as they look to add further gloss to the scoreline.

90 mins:Federici makes a superb finger-tip save to deny Parker's stinging drive from 25 yards.

89 mins:Four minutes of added time to be played.

87 mins:Spurs make a final change with Adebayor replaced by midfielder Jake Livermore.

87 mins:Spurs are doing a great job of keeping Reading pegged back, as Lennon's cross almost brings another chance.

84 mins:Noel Hunt has come on for Pogrebnyak.

84 mins:Just over five minutes to go as Defoe breaks clear but cannot find the net with a weak sidefoot.

82 mins:A short corner finds Parker, but off-balance he fires high and wide from 25 yards out.

80 mins:That must be game over now and just as Reading had shown a bit of fight.

79 mins:TOTTENHAM 3-1 READING, DEMPSEY tries his luck from 30 yards out and a deflection loops the ball high over Federici into the net.

77 mins:Dawson clears off the line after Alex Pearce powers a header towards goal.

76 mins:Another chance for Reading as Kebe breaks down the middle and his shot is deflected for a corner.

75 mins:Spurs make their second change as Sigurdsson makes way for Clint Dempsey.

72 mins:Adam Le Fondre is thrown on for Jobi McAnuff.

72 mins:Reading almost equalise as Pogrebnyak gets in on the left. His initial shot is blocked by Hugo Lloris and the Russian heads the follow-up wide of the far post.

70 mins:Kyle Naughton moves forward from the back before drilling a 25-yarder a yard over the top of the Reading crossbar.

70 mins:Scott Parker takes over from the impressive Dembele.

69 mins:Just over 20 minutes to go as Spurs make another change.

68 mins:Lennon again drifts infield, but his pass into the area is intercepted and cleared away.

66 mins:Lennon drives into the area from the right and plays in Defoe, but he can only scuff a shot a couple of yards wide of the far post.

65 mins:Adebayor has a shot blocked as he turns in the area, a third Spurs goal must surely come soon.

62 mins:A rare Reading counter breaks down, with Pogrebnyak now a forlorn figure up front on his own.

60 mins:An hour played and the game is there for the taking for Spurs as long as they don't make a defensive slip.

59 mins:Spurs have another corner as they go in search of a third goal, but again the visitors smuggle the ball clear.

57 mins:Reading bring on Hal Robson-Kanu for Jem Karacan, who has had a very quiet game.

56 mins:Lennon has a shot deflected behind, but Reading manage to get the ball clear.

55 mins:Sandro fights his way past his man and his low right-foot shot is narrowly wide of the far post.

54 mins:Villas-Boas is still up off the bench, he knows the game is not over just yet.

52 mins:That's no more than Spurs deserve, they have reacted superbly to going behind early on and thoroughly deserve to be in front.

51 mins:TOTTENHAM 2-1 READING, Spurs finally get their reward as Lennon crosses from the by-line and ADEBAYOR gets up superbly at the back post to head home.

48 mins:Reading are being pressed back deeper and deeper in defence, they need to find a way to break out.

47 mins:Defoe makes space and tests Federici once again with a left-foot effort.

46 mins:Spurs get the second half underway.

45 mins:Half-Time: TOTTENHAM 1-1 READING.

45 mins:Federici tips away a deflected effort from Sandro to end the half.

45 mins:Only one minute of added time to be played.

44 mins:Into the final minute of an entertaining first half.

42 mins:Federici then blocks a low drive from Dembele and collects the loose ball before Adebayor can pounce on the rebound.

41 mins:Federici gets down smartly to gather a low Defoe shot from just outside the area.

40 mins:Defoe has been a real threat for the home side, while Sandro and Dembele have begun to boss the midfield.

38 mins:Not long to go to half-time and Reading will be happy if they go in all-square.

36 mins:Defoe smashes a shot inches wide of the post from 20 yards out with Federici rooted the spot and having no chance.

35 mins:Defoe is hacked down by Chris Gunter, who gets away with a talking-to from referee Howard Webb.

34 mins:Sandro fires a shot high and wide from all of 30 yards out, he is a real influence in the middle of the park.

33 mins:Defoe gets away a shot from 20 yards out which is almost charged down and Federici prevents the ball from going out for a corner.

31 mins:Spurs are bossing the possession at the moment, with Dembele at the heart of most of the play.

28 mins:Mikele Leigertwood is caught late by Sandro, but the free-kick comes to nothing.

26 mins:Spurs knock the ball around nicely, they don't appear to be missing Gareth Bale too much at the moment.

24 mins:Sandro has a shot blocked as Spurs push forward again, driven on by Dembele.

23 mins:A Spurs corner from the right is finally cleared away after Sandro scuffs a shot from the edge of the area.

22 mins:A Danny Guthrie free-kick is cleared by the home defence, as we reach the halfway point of the first half.

21 mins:Mousa Dembele fights his way past one man and lashes a shot just wide of target from around 20 yards out.

19 mins:Andre Villas-Boas is off the bench to bark out instructions as Dawson gets up and he will be able to carry on.

18 mins:Dawson has blood flowing from his nose and requires treatment, so play comes to a halt.

17 mins:Sandro wins the ball in midfield, but the attack flounders when Reading get back in numbers.

14 mins:A bright and breezy start to the game, but it's the home side who now look to have the upper hand.

12 mins:Reading were only in front for a matter of minutes and were caught cold from that set-piece.

10 mins:TOTTENHAM 1-1 READING, Sigurdsson curls in the corner and Michael DAWSON arrives at the near post to head home.

9 mins:Another Lennon cross drops just under the crossbar and Adam Federici is forced to tip it away for a corner.

7 mins:It's almost 1-1 as Adebayor meets a deep Aaron Lennon cross to the far post, but heads just wide of the upright.

5 mins:That's a massive boost for the visitors, who have only conceded one goal in their last three games.

4 mins:TOTTENHAM 0-1 READING, Ian Harte curls the free-kick against the crossbar and POGREBNYAK swoops to head home the rebound.

3 mins:Pavel Pogrebnyak wins a free-kick 25 yards out for the visitors.

2 mins:An early burst from Emmanuel Adebayor down the right flank puts Spurs on the front foot.

1 mins:Play gets underway at White Hart Lane.

Spurs draft in Gylfi Sigurdsson and Jan Vertonghen for the suspended Gareth Bale and Steven Caulker, while the Royals name an unchanged side from the one which saw off the Hammers.

The Royals, who won 1-0 at home to West Ham last time out, will be hoping to avenge a 3-1 defeat by Tottenham at the Madejski Stadium in mid-September.

Tottenham Hotspur play host to Reading at White Hart Lane, with the home side looking to make it three wins out of three over the festive period after having already won at Aston Villa and Sunderland.

  • English Barclays Premier League
  • 1 January 2013, 3:00pm
  • White Hart Lane
  • Attendance: 36,180
  • Dawson, 10
  • Adebayor, 51
  • Dempsey, 79
  • Pogrebnyak, 4

match report

Emmanuel Adebayor scored his first home Premier League goal of the season as Tottenham produced a dominant display to defeat Reading 3-1 at White Hart Lane.

Pavel Pogrebnyak had nodded Brian McDermott's men into a shock early lead, but from that point on the game was bossed by the hosts, who were swiftly back on terms thanks to Michael Dawson before taking the lead through Adebayor's excellent header early in the second half.

Andre Villas-Boas will be concerned by the fact that his side failed to put the game to bed earlier despite their clear superiority, with Reading close to snatching a leveller in the second period before substitute Clint Dempsey's deflected effort made the game safe 11 minutes from time.

Reading made a dream start as they took the lead with only four minutes on the clock when Ian Harte's superb free-kick from outside the box crashed off the crossbar with Hugo Lloris well beaten and Pogrebnyak reacted first to nod home into an empty net.

Spurs were stung and Adebayor nodded wide at the far post from the excellent Aaron Lennon's cross, before they restored parity almost immediately as skipper Dawson got ahead of Royals striker Pogrebnyak at the near post to glance home Gylfi Sigurdsson's corner from the left.

The first half continued with consistent pressure from Spurs, but they were unable to find a way past the impressive Adam Federici in the Royals goal, with many of their attempts coming from range, typified by a blistering long-range drive from Mousa Dembele which was narrowly wide as he burst clear despite his shirt being pulled by Jem Karacan.

Jermain Defoe then turned Mikele Leigertwood inside and out before firing in a powerful shot which whistled inches past the post, with the England striker going close again as half-time approached, but his second shot from outside the box lacked power and was gathered by Federici, who had to be alert moments later to gather another effort from distance by Dembele at the second attempt.

Jobi McAnuff blazed over the bar on a very rare foray forward for Reading before Federici was called into action once again, plunging low to his left to turn away a deflected effort from Sandro which clipped Sigurdsson on its way towards the goal.

The second half commenced in the same manner with which the first ended, Federici diving away to his left to comfortably gather a curling effort from Defoe, but the Royals keeper was powerless to keep out a towering header from Adebayor after Lennon took on Harte and clipped over a delightful cross in the 51st minute.

Reading were offering nothing as an attacking threat and Spurs nearly made it 3-1 when Lennon burst clear and saw his initial shot blocked before being fed by Adebayor, only for Alex Pearce to make a vital interception. The winger was at the centre of yet another attack with the game into its final third, cutting a low cross into the area which Defoe could only fire wide, with Sigurdsson well-placed behind the striker.

Spurs were almost made to pay for their profligacy in front of goal as Pogrebnyak burst into the area and forced Lloris to forego his role of virtual spectator with a low save with the Royals forward then heading the follow-up narrowly wide of the target.

Jimmy Kebe was also inches away from levelling in the 75th minute, only to be denied by an excellent last-ditch tackle from Kyle Walker, with Pearce's header from the resulting corner heading towards goal only to be unwittingly deflected wide by Pogrebnyak with Dawson and Lloris in close attendance.

The increasing nerves among the home supporters were eased in the 79th minute when substitute Dempsey, who had only been on the field for four minutes, struck a shot from outside the box which took a wicked deflection off the leg of Leigertwood and looped over the unfortunate Federici, who reserved his best save for last as he tipped away Scott Parker pile-driver.

team line-up

25Hugo Lloris
20Michael Dawson
16Kyle Naughton
28Kyle Walker
5Jan Vertonghen
7Aaron Lennon
22Gylfi Sigurdsson76
19Mousa Dembélé70
18Jermain Defoe
10Emmanuel Adebayor88


27Iago Falqué
2Clint Dempsey76
29Jake Livermore88
24Brad Friedel
33Steven Caulker
8Scott Parker70
6Tom Huddlestone


Howard Webb

team line-up

1Adam Federici
5Alex Pearce
23Ian Harte
2Chris Gunter
6Adrian Mariappa
8Mikele Leigertwood
11Jobi McAnuff73
20Danny Guthrie
14Jimmy Kébé
4Jem Karacan57
7Pavel Pogrebnyak84


24Shaun Cummings
10Noel Hunt84
41Stuart Taylor
15Sean Morrison
9Adam Le Fondre73
16Jay Tabb
19Hal Robson-Kanu57


Howard Webb

match stats

possession %6832
shots on target113
shots off target113
tackles won1211