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Defoe doubles up in Spurs stroll

By Paul Hirst

Tottenham Hotpsur 3 Tromso 0: Jermain Defoe acknowledged he had to take the opportunity to impress in tonight's Europa League match against Tromso.

The striker netted twice before recent signing Christian Eriksen came off the bench to cap a 3-0 win in the north London club's opening Group K fixture.

Spurs have a strong-looking squad under Andre Villas-Boas, and Defoe said: "When you get an opportunity you've got to take it - it's as simple as that.

"The performance was good tonight – we've won the game quite comfortably.

"It's a case of working hard for the team, to win the game. There's a good spirit there and the new lads have been brilliant."

Eriksen's goal was his first since the Dane's arrival from Ajax and he said: "It was a really nice goal, I'm really happy about it."

Tottenham's victory came at a cost as Mousa Dembele, Danny Rose and Younes Kaboul all came off through injury.

Andre Villas-Boas had accused the Football League of putting his players' careers in danger with their scheduling of the Capital One Cup – with Spurs facing Burnley next Tuesday – but it was this low-key European clash against that claimed three injury victims.

Rose pulled up with what looked like a hamstring injury and Dembele had to be carried off on a stretcher after being kicked from behind by Lars Gunnar Johnsen.

Tottenham finished the game with 10 men as Kaboul hobbled off five minutes from time when Villas-Boas had used all of his subs.

Tottenham's summer spending spree means Villas-Boas is well-equipped to withstand the injury losses but, with two games coming up in the next five days, the timing is hardly ideal.

With no senior specialist left-back available, replacing Rose will be the Portuguese's biggest task.

The injuries took the gloss off a good night for Spurs although Tromso, who only made the group stages because of Besiktas' disqualification for match-fixing, were very poor.

Defoe is now one goal short of moving up to fifth in the all-time top scorers' list following his two well-taken strikes and Christian Eriksen's first goal for Spurs was a joy to behold.

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