Jermain Defoe
Defoe has been in superb form this season scoring for both Spurs and England [Reuters] Reuters

Jermain Defoe repayed the faith shown in him by manager Andre Villas-Boas by scoring a brace in the 3-1 away win against Reading on Sunday afternoon.

The England international was given the nod to start ahead of Emmanuel Adebayor and opened the scoring in the 17th minute after Gylfi Sigurdsson had set Aaron Lennon away down the right. The winger then cut the ball back for Defoe to fire his shot past young goalkeeper Alex McCarthy.

Gareth Bale then made it two after good work from Kyle Walker who got to the byline and cut the ball back for the Wales international to scuff his shot in to the far corner.

Defoe grabbed his second just minutes later after a superb solo effort saw him run away from two Reading defenders to then hit his left-foot shot past a helpess McCarthy.

There was a late consolation goal as substitute Adam Le Fondre clipped his ball to the far post where his fellow sub Hal Robson Kanu was on-hand to volley the ball past Brad Friedel.

Spurs were on top for most of the game and they really should have secured more than a one goal lead in the first half when McCarthy dallied on the ball and Defoe reacted quickly to square the ball to Sigurdsson whose shot was blocked on the line.

Reading struggled to create chances throughout the game as Spurs controlled the midfield, thanks in large to the combination of Sandro, Sigurdsson and Moussa Dembele.

Tottenham were imprssive throughout as Bale and Lennon caused Reading problems throughout the game to hand Villas-Boas his first Premier League win with the north London club.

Spurs climbed to 10th place with five points from their first four games, while Reading remain in 19th after picking up just one point from their first three games.