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Defoe doubles up in 1st Spurs win for Villas-Boas

Published on Sep 17, 2012 7:11 AM
Tottenham Hotspur's Jermaine Defoe (top C) shoots and scores his goal against Reading during their English Premier League soccer match at The Madejski Stadium in Reading September 16, 2012. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

READING, England (AFP) - England striker Jermain Defoe scored twice as Tottenham Hotspur enjoyed their first victory under Andre Villas-Boas courtesy of a 3-1 Premier League win away to Reading on Sunday.

Spurs had drawn two and lost one of their three previous league matches this term under Villas-Boas.

And doubts were starting to surface at White Hart Lane as to whether the Portuguese, sacked by London rivals Chelsea before they won the Champions League last season, was the right man to replace the popular Harry Redknapp.

Defoe gave Spurs an 18th minute lead at the Madejski Stadium on Sunday when he stroked in a pull-back from Aaron Lennon after a burst down the right flank by the winger.

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