With only two draws and a defeat in their opening three games, the knives have been out all week for André Villas-Boas in the English media, but he can breath a little easier know after seeing his side’s comprehensive victory at promoted Reading.
Defoe broke the deadlock with 18 minutes gone as he buried low into the far corner from Aaron Lennon’s pass, and the England striker scored an excellent second with 16 minutes to go, shortly after Gareth Bale had put the finishing touch to a fine run and cutback from Kyle Walker.
Reading can have no complaints as they were well beaten by the kind of performance last season would have had the press signing the praises of Harry Redknapp.
New signings Mousa Dembele and Gylfi Sigurdsson have made an immediate impact at White Hart Lane, while Defoe, who was barley used by Redknapp last season, is in the midst of a purple patch of form for club and country at the moment. No wonder AVB was happy in the post match interview: