Spurs dominated Reading but credit to the Royals for keeping it closer than it really should have been. Of course, that won't be an conciliation for the visitors.
Second half goals from Emmanuel Adebayor and Clint Dempsey provided the difference as Tottenham continued their positive run of form with a 3-1 home defeat of Reading. Considering how Spurs dominated possession and shots, this match really shouldn't have been as close as it was.
Reading got off to a flying start with an early goal, the second straight match they've been able to take an early lead. Howard Webb awarded the Royals a set piece 20-yards from the Spurs goal and Ian Harte's free kick hit off the crossbar, rebounding right to Pavel Pogrebnyak who'd raced in between two Spurs defenders for the relatively easy tap-in.
Spurs responded quickly earning a corner in the 9th minute. Gylfi Sigurdsson sent the ball towards the near post where Michael Dawson beat a flailing Pogrebnyak and headed the ball past a frozen Adam Federici.
Spurs looked the better side after the equalizer but failed to take the lead before the halftime break. Their best chance to pull ahead came in the 36th minute when Jermain Defoe danced around defenders at the top of the Reading box and beat Federici with a laser shot that somehow skipped just wide of the open net.
Spurs wasted little time taking the lead in the second half. In the 50th minute Aaron Lennon ran circles around Harte on the right wing before racing towards the end line. Lennon topped that initial bit of skill by chipping the ball to the far post where Emmanuel Adebayor towered over the Reading defender and beat Federici with a well placed header.
Reading nearly equalzied from nothing in the 72nd minute. Pogrebnyak got around Jan Vertonghen on the right side as the defender tripped over himself and forced a save from Hugo Lloris. The Spurs keeper had no choice but to leave a rebound that returned right to Pogrebnyak whose header went wide of the goal. Not that it's easy to head the ball off a rebound but Pogrebnyak really should have done better with the second attempt.
That chance awoke Reading who had two fantastic chances in the following minutes. Jimmy Kebe wasted a breakaway chance and on the subsequent corner the ball trickled just wide of the post off either Pogrebnyak or Dawson.
Proving that missing your chances will often bite you in the ass, Spurs added a third goal in the 79th minute. Clint Dempsey, who had just entered the match, hit a looping shot from 25-yards out that caught Federici off his line, going in the net just over the desperately extended hand of the goalkeeper.
Credit to Reading for staying in this one (I guess) despite being out shot 34 to 7 by Spurs...on second thought, that's absurd Spurs, shame on your for not scoring more.