FT: Reading 1 Tottenham 3

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.

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.

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

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

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.


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

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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.

A Spurs debut for Clint Dempsey. He replaces Bale.

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

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

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.


Villas-Boas immediately brings on Tom Huddlestone for Sigurdsson. He seems happy to see this one out, although it appears the change was planned even before Bale's goal.

Fine play from Walker down the right gets him past both Harte and Leigertwood. He pulls the ball back for Bale to find the net from 12 yards. The finish wasn't half scuffed but the ball ends in the Reading goal and that should be that now. 2-0.


Gorkss' ball forward finds Le Fondre. He in turn tries to pick out McAnuff's run into the area but it is just cut out.

A strong challenge from Gallas stops Leigertwood in the box.

Reading's first decent spell has fired up the home crowd at last. Can the hosts produce an equaliser though? Tottenham will be slightly concerned having dominated for so long.

Guthrie needs treatment after getting a hand in the face from Sandro. Nothing in that really, an accidental clash.

Bale surges down the left and pulls the ball back to Defoe. He again finds space for the shot but his left-foot effort is wide of the near post. A good riposte to Reading's best spell of the game.

McCleary sends in a dangerous low cross from the right but Friedel is alert and comes out to dive on the ball. That's why he's played 305 successive Premier League games.

Bale does well to stop Gunter's run down the right at the expense of a corner. This one at least drops in the Spurs box but it is nonetheless cleared by Tottenham in the end.

Sigurdsson is stopped by two good challenges from Gorkss as the latest Spurs attack ends.

When the corner is delivered, Vertonghen heads behind for another. The second flag kick is headed the other way by Walker and the danger ceases.

Vertonghen gets across to stop Le Fondre - the Belgian has impressed - but he still has to concede a corner.

From the resultant corner, a shot from Sigurdsson is well blocked by Mikele Leigertwood.

Lennon to Defoe and back again creates space down the right. The winger's low centre is turned past his own post by Gorkss.

Bale drives forward from the centre circle and then lets fly from 25 yards. The powerful effort whizzes just wide of McCarthy's left-hand post. That's the Welshman's best moment so far.

Harte again is the man to deliver and again he looks to the far post and Pearce. The defender nods the ball back into the centre but Spurs deal with that with no problem.

Pogrebnyak is fouled wide on the left - another chance to get the ball in the Spurs box. Set pieces have been Reading's biggest threat so far.

Demble robs Gunter, although Reading call for a foul. Spurs duly break and the move ends with Dembele shooting from the left side of the box. Defoe tries to divert the ball in but only succeeds in sending it past the post.

Spurs, keeping Reading pinned in their own half, give the ball back when Sandro smashes the ball wide with what looks like a very ambitious shot from distance.

Moments later Spurs win a corner. However, it's overhit and Reading try to break. It comes to nothing though.

Defoe and Sigurdsson combine well to get another attack going. Lennon then surges forward but can't find Defoe with his pass.

Sigurdsson shows off some trickery, trying to play in Lenoon with a back heel from the edge of the box. It doesn't come off though - too much power on the ball for Lennon to latch onto it.

Sigurdsson tries another slide-rule ball through to Defoe but this one is cut out by Gorkss and fails to reach its intended target.

Bright start from Reading - just wat the doctor ordered. A couple of balls into the Tottenham box but to be honest not too much to concern Friedel in goal.

Reading get us back under way and they've made a change. Adam Le Fondre is on in place of the ineffective Jem Karacan.

Chris Cooper, in Essex, is today's pedant. "I'm a Spurs fan but how is Sandro getting away with infringing law 4 by wearing a different coloured sock and tape over his socks? Does the ref not read up on law changes?" Not sure if any of that is said in jest, but have to say I'm not bothered by it.

You can get your half-time thoughts to me at andy.schooler@bskyb.com. Reading have been second best by some way so far. What do you Royals fans think? As for Spurs supporters, are you concerned that you've not put this game to bed yet?

If you like your in-play betting, you may be interested to know that Sky Bet have 'price-boosted' a 3-0 Spurs win to 9/1, while a Reading 2-1 comeback win is out to 18/1. Sigurdsson has impressed and you can have him in a scorecast with Spurs 2-1 at 20/1. Head to www.skybet.com to place your half-time bets.

There's the half-time whistle. Spurs are worthy of their lead. Their only concern will be that they could easily have been more than one goal up. Sigurdsson, who made the goal, has been the game's best player so far, while Gallas and Vertonghen have impressed at the back. For Reading, they've offered little going forward - McCleary their most likely creator - while Premier League debutant McCarthy has had a mixed day. Still, all to play for in the second half.

Sigurdsson finds room for a shot but his left-foot effort from just outside the box is wide of the target.

Reading deal with that comfortably enough. The fourth official then signals there will be at least two added minutes.

Dembele's long-range shot takes a deflection wide and so it's a Spurs corner this time.

Corner to Reading. Danny Guthrie delivers but Vertonghen meets it with a solid clearing header. When the ball comes back in Gorkss nods it down but all his team-mates have retreated out of the box. Disappointing for the home fans.

Dembele hasn't done much so far - and now he puts the ball out for a needless throw. Reading can't make much of it though. Pogrebnyak gets down the left but the cross is a poor one.

Defoe again gets the ball out into space for a shot but this effort flies wide of the target from around 22 yards.

Impressive defending by William Gallas helps Spurs keep Reading out. First he half-blocks a cross from the left by Pogrebnyak. When it comes back in from the opposite side, his header gets the ball out to McAnuff and his ambitious shot is high and wide.

The dangerous McCleary causes a problem down the right but when he tries to get former Spurs man Chris Gunter to the byline, Bale shepherds the ball out for a goal kick.

Quickly down the other end and Harte has another shocker - a heavy touch gifting the ball to Defoe. He finds Lennon but the ball is just overrun and another opportunity is wasted. Goal kick.

Harte's free kick towards the Spurs penalty box is awful and Dembele heads safely away.

A heavy pass from Sigurdsson means Sandro can latch onto his through ball.

That was a real let-off for Reading and McCarthy in particular. A heavy touch let in Defoe and Spurs really should have made it 2-0.

Almost a second for Spurs. McCarthy blunders, allowing Defoe to nick the ball off him in the box. The ball runs to the byline on the right, Defoe collects, finds Sigurdsson and his shot from seven yards is somehow kept out on the line by Pearce.

Half an hour gone and really it's been all Spurs. They fully deserve their 1-0 lead.

Jobi McAnuff wastes possession as Reading's latest foray ends in disappointment. Spurs are keeping the crowd quiet here.

Reading stand up well to the latest Spurs attack. Nothing doing there.

Defoe is brought down rather roughly in midfield. Referee Howard Webb waves play on.

Defoe does superbly to bring a long ball down and thus get away from Ian Harte. He runs onto the pull-down to hit a shot with the outside of the right foot which flies just wide. Only criticism is that he might have been better trying to curl that one with the other foot as the angle wasn't in his favour.

The free kick is whipped in with pace, again trying to find Pearce at the far post. He can't control the header though.

Garath McCleary wins a free kick for the hosts in a dangerous position on the right - Naughton bringing his run to an abrupt end.

Sandro now lets fly from distance and McCarthy does well to parry the ball, diving to his right.

No let-up from Spurs. Keeper McCarthy has to be careful as a ball into his box is allowed to bounce. The keeper collects it on his line.

Goal time correction - 18 that one. it came just after the clock ticked past the 17-minute mark.

Another first-time finish from Defoe but the goal was all about Sigurdsson's pass. He threaded a perfect ball through for Lennon and his cut-back was fired home low by the England striker. Great goal, 1-0 Spurs.


Patient build-up by Spurs ends with Naughton crossing from the left to the far post. However, the bounce sees the ball evade Lennon and he can't keep it in play. Goal kick.

A quieter spell this, with most of the action confined to the midfield.

Reading have got more of a foothold now after Spurs' fast start.

Defoe again lets fly with a first-time shot from the edge of the box. This one is better struck but it's still not a clean hit and the effort runs wide of McCarthy's left-hand post.

Free kick to Reading is lofted to the back post where Alex Pearce is adjudged to have pushed Kyle Walker. It's a good job (from a Spurs perspective) that the decision went that way because Walker clearly handed the ball as it came over.

Lennon's pass finds Defoe on the edge of the box. He tries one of his characteristic snap-shots but the effort is scuffed, lacks pace and fails to reach the target.

Reading looking a bit shaky at the back. This time a long ball from the back by Naughton drops between keeper and defender Kaspars Gorkss, who allow Bale to get a foot to it. Fortunately for the home fans, he pokes it wide. Strong start from the visitors this.

Best chances so far. Bale whips in a free kick from the right. Sigurdsson gets a free header which is parried well by McCarthy. The ball drops to Jan Vertonghen whose well-struck shot is again saved by the keeper. Close there for Spurs.

Friedel makes a confident claim to claim a cross from the right with Pogrebnyak lurking.

The ball comes to Kyle Walker 25 yards but his shot is high, wide and not very handsome. Spurs may want to test McCarthy early as it's his first Premier League appearance.

Glyfi Sigurdsson finds Gareth Bale on the left but his cross is blocked.

Aaron Lennon gets an early ball into the Reading box from his wide-right position, but it's straight to a Royals defender and cleared.

Kick-off: We're under way.

Almost ready to go now as the teams are announced to what looks a decent-sized crowd in Berkshire today.

James Pinnegar emails to say: "I think AVB should have given Adebayor a start - with Reading playing a new goalkeeper he would have been a real handful upfront. I still think Spurs will get their first win of the season though edging it 2-1."

Teams are in the tunnel now. Reading in their usual blue and white hoops, Spurs in an odd grey and black halved shirt.

Ben Gleeson, in Cardiff, has a controversial selection call to make. "He will likely score a hat-trick inside the first four minutes after I say this, but I don't think Bale has performed for Spurs in a long time. Would much rather see Dempsey given the wide-left spot." Anyone agree?

Josh Clayman, in Leeds, feels Tottenham will get things done today. "I fully expect Spurs to beat Reading easily this afternoon 4-0 for me."

Matt Levantine says Spurs "desperately" need a win today. "Aiming for a top-four finish we need to beat teams like Reading. Disappointed with the start of the season so far. I think most fans are."

For what it's worth, the 9/2 about Dembele scoring at any time takes my fancy.

Despite Tottenham's winless start to the season, they are just evens to win today's game with Sky Bet. Reading can be backed at 13/5 with the draw at 5/2. The firm have just boosted their Reading to win 1-0 price from 9/1 to 10/1 so that may interest some of you. Other price boosts include Pogrebnyak to score first at 8/1 and Defoe to do likewise at 6s. More markets are available at www.skybet.com.

Any thoughts on those line-ups? Has AVB done the right thing sticking with Friedel? Reading fans - how are you seeing things at this early stage? Worried or confident of at least staying up? You can let me know by emailing me at: andy.schooler@bskyb.com

Team news: It's simple for Reading - they are unchanged aside from their keeper, although their last game was some time ago after their clash at Sunderland was postponed two weeks ago. Like Spurs, they are still seeking their first win of the league campaign. Adam Federici has been carrying an injury and is replaced by Alex McCarthy.

Team news: The big news for Spurs is that Andre Villas-Boas sticks with Brad Friedel in goal with big-name signing Hugo Lloris, the French international, only ont he bench. Clint Dempsey is also a substitute but Mousa Dembele gets his first start. Kyle Naughton is at left-back with Benoit Assou-Ekotto out.

Reading: McCarthy, Gunter, Harte, Gorkss, Pearce, Karacan, Leigertwood, Guthrie, McCleary, McAnuff, Pogrebnyak. Subs: S Taylor, Shorey, Mariappa, Cummings, Robson-Kanu, Le Fondre, Hunt.

Spurs: Friedel, Walker, Gallas, Vertonghen, Naughton, Sandro, Dembele, Sigurdsson, Bale, Lennon, Defoe. Subs: Lloris, Caulker, Dawson, Huddlestone, Townsend, Adebayor, Dempsey.

Welcome along to our coverage of today's clash between Reading and Tottenham at the Madejski. Teams are coming up in a mo.

Kick-off is at 1600 BST.

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