Monday, 17th September, 2012
Tottenham Hotspur manager Andre Villas-Boas believes his side’s 3-1 win over Reading in the Premier League yesterday may be the boost the club have been looking for.
Villas-Boas, who was appointed Spurs boss in the summer in succession to Harry Redknapp, was still looking for his first win in the league with the London giants when his team took to the pitch away at Reading.
The Portuguese got an early lead through Jermain Defoe, who scored in the 18th minute.
Spurs had to wait until a second half blitz to make sure of the points however, when Gareth Bale scored (71st minute), followed by Defoe’s second (74th minute).
Reading did pull a goal back in the final minute of the match, but it was little more than a consolation, with Villas-Boas’ men having secured a vital first Premier League victory of the season and in so doing eased the pressure on their 34-year-old manager.
"It was an excellent performance", beamed Villas-Boas to Spurs’ official site.
"I’m extremely happy because even through the difficulties we’ve been having and results not going our way, we’ve managed to mix the performance and the result and give everyone a lift of confidence", added the former Chelsea boss.
"Hopefully, it’s the boost we’ve been looking for. In the end, you have to praise the players because they were tremendous.
"The focus, the responsibility and their desire was present during the 90 minutes and they felt completely committed to winning the game for the fans."
Next up for Spurs is a change of focus, with attention switching to the Europa League, where they host Italian giants Lazio at White Hart Lane on Thursday.