Andres Villas-Boas started Defoe and Emmanuel Adebayor together for just the third time this seasons. However, with Gareth Bale injured and Mousa Dembele on the bench, Spurs missed the rhythm that their two pace-setters bring in the early sparring.
It took Dempsey to change the game in the 29th minute. The American darted in from the left where he received a pass from Kyle Walker. Dempsey turned and put the ball through to Adebayor who slipped it to the back of the net.
Spurs regained the lead with their first action after Moussa Dembele's arrival off the bench on 75 minutes, when Walker's free-kick was headed in by Dempsey, via the bar and Karnezis' back.
Spurs went for control, replacing Dempsey with Gylfi Sigurdsson, but scored a third anyway. Lennon charged in from the right and tapped to Defoe, who chipped Karnezis for the clincher. (© Independent News Service)