Villas-Boas glad to get off the mark

Tottenham boss Andre Villas-Boas has admitted that he is happy to have recorded his first win in the White Hart Lane hotseat.

The north London club beat Reading 3-1 at the Madejski Stadium on Sunday, the first victory for the team since the Portuguese trainer replaced Harry Redknapp as coach.

A Jermain Defoe brace either side of a Gareth Bale effort but Spurs into a commanding position, before Hal Robson-Kanu grabbed a late consolation for the Royals.

Villas-Boas has confessed that it is good to record his first win, and is now looking towards the side’s Europa League clash with Lazio on Thursday.

“We were chasing this win for quite some time, and it is important for everybody. Hopefully we can shoot on from now on,” he told Sky Sports.

“I thought we looked bright, confident and played some very good football.

“It was important for Gareth, he scored in the international break and he has scored again now, and it has improved his confidence.

“I am happy for him and happy for Defoe to find the back of the net again – three goals in the Premier League shows the goalscorer that he is.

“I am happy for the team in general, everybody was very committed towards getting our first win.

“It is always very difficult against newly-promoted teams at their home, but hopefully we can build on this for the future.

“It takes out the anxiety about winning for the first time, that is always something that can stick into the players’ minds.

“It will give us a good, relaxed week of work ahead for the Lazio game. We will have to show our competence against Lazio and I think we can do exactly that now,” he concluded.

By Gareth McKnight

Article title: Villas-Boas glad to get off the mark

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