Defoe: Our season starts now

Defoe scored a brace in the win over Reading. Photo: PA

Jermain Defoe believes Tottenham's season is finally under way in earnest after he bagged a brace in this afternoon's 3-1 win at Reading.

Defoe put Tottenham ahead in the first half before two goals in three second-half minutes secured a first win under new manager Andre Villas-Boas.

First Gareth Bale's fortuitous shot looped over Alex McCarthy to put Tottenham 2-0 up and Defoe secured victory for the Londoners after a mazy dribble.

Hal Robson-Kanu scored a late consolation for the hosts, but the Royals were second best to Spurs throughout.

Disappointing results against West Brom and Norwich had seen the pressure mount on Villas-Boas just weeks into his tenure, but Defoe believes the club are finally showing their true colours.

"New managers come into football clubs and sometimes it takes time," Defoe told Sky Sports 1.

"People just think instantly they're going to be unbelievable, but sometimes it takes time.

"I'm sure today the fans are happy and everyone that's been doubting us they can hopefully look at us and see that we can do well this season.

"Our season will start now."

Defoe could have added a third to complete his hat-trick but he was content with the three points nevertheless.

"It would have been nice to have got the match ball, but to score two and help my team win is fantastic," he added.