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Spurs Defeat Struggling Royals

Tottenham climbed to third on the table with a 3-1 victory over relegation-threatened Reading.

Spurs conceded first through Pavel Pogrebnyak but hit back via goals from Michael Dawson, Emmanuel Adebayor and Clint Dempsey at White Hart Lane.

The second-bottom visitors made a great start, as Pogrebnyak pounced on the rebound four minutes in after Ian Harte's free-kick, earned by the former, struck the bar.

The lead, though, was shortlived, as Dawson headed home a corner five minutes later.

Spurs dominated possession, with Jermain Defoe twice coming close to scoring in the closing stages of the first half.

The England striker flashed a shot narrowly wide of the upright before triggering a fine save from goalkeeper Adam Federici in the 42nd minute.

Spurs nudged ahead in the 51st minute, as Togo ace Adebayor headed in Aaron Lennon's right-wing cross at the back post.

At the other end, goalkeeper Hugo Lloris made a fine double save to deny Pogrebnyak in the 73rd minute, with the forward having another header scrambled off the line soon after.

The hosts, however, sealed the points in the 80th minute, as Dempsey's shot looped in over Federici after taking a deflection off Mikele Leigertwood.

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