Spurs boss Villas-Boas hails Defoe

Andre Villas-Boas revelled in his first home win as Tottenham manager, but was quick to praise the goal-scoring knack and consistency of England striker Jermain Defoe.

Spurs came back from a goal down to defeat London rivals Queen's Park Rangers 2-1 at White Hart Lane through an Alejandro Faurlin own-goal and a Defoe strike from close-range.

"Defoe is performing at the top level," Villas-Boas said of a player whose future at the club has been a source of constant speculation.

"He has had his opportunities this season and he is taking them tremendously.

"This summer I had conversations with him and his agent and told them that I am a person who respects people who are performing well and he deserved a lot of credit for the goals he scored last season.

"This season he is facing tough competition from Emmanuel Adebayor and Clint Dempsey, but he keeps on performing. The competition is making him tick."

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