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January 1, 2013 3:00 p.m. GMT
White Hart Lane — London
Referee:‬ H. Webb‎
Attendance:‬ 36180‎
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Tottenham 3-1 Reading

Dawson, Adebayor & Dempsey respond to Pogrebnyak's shock opener as Spurs see off a spirited but very limited Royals side to move up to third in the Premier League

By Greg Stobart

  • Hugo Lloris
    6
    1
    2.50

    Hugo Lloris

    Helpless for Reading's goal and little else of note to do - but kept his concentration to deny Pogrebnyak in the second-half.

  • Jan Vertonghen
    8
    2
    2.50

    Jan Vertonghen

    Maybe could have reacted more quickly for Reading's goal but a comfortable afternoon and useful on the ball stepping into midfield.

  • Kyle Naughton
    3
    1
    2.50

    Kyle Naughton

    No problems defensively and grew as an attacking threat as the game went on.

  • Michael Dawson
    4
    2
    2.50

    Michael Dawson

    The Spurs captain was solid defensively as he battled with Pogrebnyak and notched a rare goal in the ninth minute when he glanced in a header from a corner. Cleared a Reading header off the line in the second half.

  • Kyle Walker
    3
    1
    2.50

    Kyle Walker

    Fine at the back and offered forward support for Lennon - although he seemed to lack confidence on the ball and dallied with his decision-making.

  • Aaron Lennon
    12
    1
    4.00

    Aaron Lennon Top of the Match

    Tottenham's rapid winger had the beating of Ian Harte and looked the player most likely to break down Reading's well-organised defence - and he did to set-up Adebayor's goal.

  • Mousa Dembélé
    11
    1
    3.00

    Mousa Dembélé

    A classy display from the Belgian midfielder as he danced past challenges, fired shots and goal and showed brute strength to shake off Reading players.

  • Gylfi Sigurdsson
    3
    2
    2.00

    Gylfi Sigurdsson

    The Icelandic playmaker replaced the suspended Gareth Bale but looked uncomfortable playing in a left-sided role. Excellent deliveries from set-pieces though, including the corner for Dawson's goal.

  • Sandro
    3
    1
    2.50

    Sandro

    Sat in front of the Spurs defence, although he had few defensive responsibilities as the hosts controlled possession. Could have been more creative on the ball but looked to drive Tottenham forward.

  • Emmanuel Adebayor
    3
    1
    2.50

    Emmanuel Adebayor

    Very quiet until he popped up in the 51st minute with an excellent leap and header for just his second league goal of the season. His confidence seemed to improve after scoring.

  • Jermain Defoe
    3
    1
    2.00

    Jermain Defoe

    A frustrating afternoon for the forward as he struggled to get involved in the game or find space. Always looked to shoot on goal and fired just wide from the edge of the penalty area in the first-half.

Substitutions

  • Scott Parker
    1
    2
    2.50

    Scott Parker

    Looked sharp after replacing Dembele in the 69th minute and forced Federici into a good late save.

  • Jake Livermore
    2
    1

    Jake Livermore

    Came on for Adebayor with two minutes to play.

  • Clint Dempsey
    3
    1
    2.50

    Clint Dempsey

    Came off the bench 15 minutes from time to replace Sigurdsson and sealed the points with a deflected strike from range.

  • Adam Federici
    2
    0
    3.50

    Adam Federici

    The Reading goalkeeper was in excellent form, making a number of sharp saves as Spurs peppered shots from around the edge of the penalty area. Could do nothing about any of the Spurs goals.

  • Chris Gunter
    1
    0
    2.50

    Chris Gunter

    The Welsh full-back was solid up against Sigurdsson but could have offered more attacking threat once Spurs went ahead.

  • Alex Pearce
    1
    0
    2.00

    Alex Pearce

    Generally strong up against Adebayor and Defoe but may think he could have done more for at least one of the Spurs goals. Saw his second-half header cleared off the line by Dawson.

  • Adrian Mariappa
    1
    0
    2.50

    Adrian Mariappa

    Decent effort from the centre-back as he kept his concentration, took up good positions and denied Spurs space in the box.

  •  Ian Harte
    1
    0
    1.50

    Ian Harte Flop of the Match

    Did all the hard work for Reading's opener with a tremendous free-kick from 25 yards that crashed against the crossbar - but from then on the 35-year-old had a tough afternoon and was constantly beaten by Lennon.

  • Jem Karacan
    1
    0
    2.00

    Jem Karacan

    An ineffectual performance in midfield before being replaced by Robson-Kanu in the 57th minute.

  • Mikele Leigertwood
    1
    0
    3.50

    Mikele Leigertwood

    An impressive display as he sat deep in midfield, protecting the back four and making key interventions to stop Spurs attacks. Unlucky to see Dempsey's shot cannon off him and over Federici for Tottenham's third.

  • Jobi McAnuff
    1
    0
    2.00

    Jobi McAnuff

    Unable to use his pace to make much of an impact on the game and lacked options when on the ball.

  • Jimmy Kebe
    1
    0
    2.00

    Jimmy Kebe

    Looked lively on the few occasions he was able to run at the Spurs defence but he had few opportunities and his passing was off target.

  • Danny Guthrie
    1
    0
    2.00

    Danny Guthrie

    Got through plenty of hard work but lacked quality on the ball and misplaced passes.

  • Pavel Pogrebnyak
    1
    0
    2.50

    Pavel Pogrebnyak

    The Russian striker scored his fourth league goal of the season in the fourth minute as he nodded in the rebound after Harte's free-kick rattled the crossbar. Barely touched the ball thereafter but did force Lloris into a smart save in the second-half.

Substitutions

  • Hal Robson-Kanu
    1
    0
    2.50

    Hal Robson-Kanu

    Replaced Karacan in the 57th minute and added some energy to Reading's attacks.

  • Adam Le Fondre
    1
    0

    Adam Le Fondre

    Little impact after replacing McAnuff in the 73rd minute.

  • Noel Hunt
    1
    0

    Noel Hunt

    Replaced Hunt six minutes from time.

Results
 
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18 6
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15 2
Sergio Agüero Sergio Agüero
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15 0