Two goals in quick succession helped Tottenham on the way to their first home win of the season against QPR who dropped into the bottom three.

Andre Villas-Boas earned his first maximum Premier League points haul as Spurs boss with an impressive 3-1 win at Reading last week to kick start their season.

R’s counterpart Mark Hughes as seen his side only manage to pick up just two points from their opening five games and were still searching for that elusive first success as they left White Hart Lane despite taking the lead through Bobby Zamora.

The visitors started well and came close to breaking the deadlock after four minutes, Brad Friedel palming away Clint Hill’s thumping header before keeping out Junior Hoilett’s volley minutes later. Tottenham soon fell into their stride but failed to make their possession count, failing to test goalkeeper Julio Cesar once in the opening exchanges.

Unsurprisingly it was QPR who snatched the lead 12 minutes before half time, Zamora turning quickly in the area and lifting the ball over Friedel after being fed by Alejandro Faurlin. Villas-Boas reacted at the break replacing Gylfi Sigurdsson with Steven Caulker and shifting Clint Dempsey into attack with Jermain Defoe in a standard 4-4-2.

The tactical reshuffle almost paid instant dividends as Dempsey saw his 30-yard drive pushed away by Cesar before two goals in the blink of an eye turned the game in their favour. Gareth Bale was instrumental in both whipping as Caulker flicked his corner towards goal and in off the unfortunate Faurlin.

Barely 90 seconds later and Spurs were in front as Jan Vertonghen initiated a lightening counter attack, playing in Bale down the left and, despite his strike cannoning off the crossbar, Defoe was on hand to turn the ball home for his fourth goal of the season.

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  • victor
    2 years ago

    Spurs have ball-winners in Caulker, Dawson. Look at Vertonghen, from a defence splitting run, good understanding with , what Bale does best, both set up Spurs 2nd winning goal, thro 2-footed Defoe. In a team effort, each and every ball winner counts. Caulker and Dawson are winners in Spurs defence, and they are potential winners in opposite end , especially corners. Siggurdson, Dempsey are potentially good players, they still need time, to really gel in, and replace tired players, in a demanding season. Just look at Caulker’s contribution, in repelling, and instilling more confidence in defence, when he came on, so has DAWS, who gives his soul and heart, never-say-die-attitude. Huddlestone too must be given games, to up his fitness, and apotential match winner, with his long range skill passing, and his height in midfield in winning high balls.

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  • victor
    2 years ago

    Gallas has been good, still can do his job, but he losses out in height and speed. At times he seemed lost in going up, as counter attack is a potential match winner, just what Vertonghen done for Spurs, when he say a match winning opportunity. So can Huddlestone, as with one precission long range pass, Hudd can make a killer pass upfield to win a match.
    We have 2 fantastic goalkeppers in Friedal and Lloris. Both must have games.

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