Tuesday, 29th April, 2014

Tottenham Hotspur defender Jan Vertonghen was delighted to be part of Tottenham Under-21 side during their 4-2 win over Reading on Sunday.

The Belgian international was back in action for the first time this month after being sidelined due to an ankle injury he picked up during Spurs’ game against Liverpool at the end of March.

Following up on a 2-0 lead, midfielder Nabil Bentaleb was red carded in the 41st minute, which held the Lilywhites back and saw Reading equalise in the 67th minute. But Ruben Lameiras’ and Kenny McEvoy’s strikes ensured that the Tottenham went home with a victory to their name.

“First of all, I’m very happy we won the game, that was important for the lads and we put a lot of effort in”, Vertonghen, who played for the full 90 minutes, told Spurs TV.


“We had dominated but Nabil took a red card and it was difficult.

“We had to reorganise and Reading are a good team, they played well. They had the possession in the second half and we looked for the counter-attack”, the 27-year-old continued.

“I was going to play 75 minutes but the lads were saying ‘only 15 more minutes’ and it was important to win the game, so I stayed on.

“I was impressed by our players, they are all clever guys, very good on the ball and very mature, all talking. I loved the spirit in the team.”

Spurs ended their 21-match campaign 12th in the league table.

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