Tottenham Hotspur 2-1 QPR – Match Review
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.