Tottenham Hotspur vs. Aston Villa  2 - 0


Premier League: Tottenham Hotspur 2 Aston Villa 0

7 October 2012 18:03

Tottenham Hotspur cruised past Aston Villa 2-0 on Sunday to record their fourth English Premier League victory in succession.

Goals in the second half from Steven Caulker and Aaron Lennon sealed the points for Spurs, who remain unbeaten since their opening fixture of the season, and are now level on points with third-placed Everton and increasingly playing in the style desired by manager Andre Villas-Boas.

Solid in defence, tactically disciplined and, at times, breathtakingly quick in attack, Spurs were brimming with confidence in the second-half against a feeble Aston Villa side who have made their worst start to a season since 1986/87 and never looked like taking anything back to the Midlands.

Villas-Boas' team selection caused a minor stir, France international Hugo Lloris starting in goal for Tottenham ahead of veteran Brad Friedel.

The American sat out his first Premier League match since 2004, ending a run of 310 consecutive Premier League appearances.

Tottenham started brightly at White Hart Lane, with Gareth Bale fizzing an effort just wide in the first minute before Jermain Defoe struck over the bar from 12 yards after meeting Jan Vertonghen’s cross.

Bale then angered the Villa bench when he went down under a challenge with goalkeeper Brad Guzan 30 yards from goal when there appeared to be no contact on the Welsh winger.

Jermain Defoe tested Guzan with a snapshot from 20 yards out while at the other end, Lloris had to stay alert to bravely save at Gabriel Agbonlahor's feet when the Villa forward was put through by an incisive pass from Brett Holman.

Frenchman Lloris was less assured seven minutes after the re-start when his awful throw was intercepted, allowing Marc Albrighton to cross for Christian Benteke to head wide when he should have scored.

The visitors were deservedly punished for that miss six minutes later. Defoe superbly brought down Bale's corner and shot towards goal, his effort heading off target before clipping Caulker's ankle and nestling in the net.

Tottenham needed very little fortune for the goal that doubled their advantage in the 67th minute.

A neat passing move ended with the ball finding Lennon, who shifted past Joe Bennett and fired across goal into the bottom corner to score his first goal since January.

Clint Dempsey headed wide from six yards when he really should have scored a third and Bale saw a shot tipped on to the post by Guzan but by then Spurs were coasting home and conserving their energy.


Premier League preview: Tottenham v Aston Villa

5 October 2012 09:14

Tottenham head into their Premier League clash against Aston Villa on Sunday as one of the form teams of the competition.

After a sluggish start to the campaign, Spurs have roared into life with three league wins on the trot, highlighted by their most recent triumph against Manchester United at Old Trafford.

The 3-2 result was Tottenham's first away win over the Red Devils in 23 years and has made the early intense scrutiny on manager Andre Villas-Boas seem like a distant memory.

Spurs all of a sudden find themselves in fifth position and just five points adrift of Villas-Boas' old side Chelsea, who currently sit atop the table.

Their upcoming clash against Villa is at White Hart Lane so Tottenham will head in as warm favourites to add another three points to their tally.

The Villans have had a tougher time of it so far in the Premier League, managing just one win and two draws from their first six matches to occupy 15th spot on the table.

The fact that they have only registered one league win at Tottenham's home ground in the past 12 years does not bode well for them either.

And in an ominous warning for Aston Villa, new Spurs recruit Gylfi Sigurdsson intimated it would be only a matter of time before Tottenham became one of the hardest teams to play against in the Premier League.

"Once we click we will be clinical," he said.

"The signs are all there in our build-up play and the next step, consistent finishing, will be key.

"There have been a lot of changes to the squad in a short period but I look around me and see such quality that the goals we deserve and seek cannot be far away. How can they be?

"Our approach makes that inevitable."

Emmanuel Adebayor (hamstring) could be fit in time for the clash with Aston Villa in what would be his first appearance for Spurs this campaign.

But team-mates Younes Kaboul, Kyle Naughton, Benoit Assou-Ekotto and Scott Parker will be unavailable due to injury.

Jermain Defoe is expected to start the match as Tottenham's lone striker.

Meanwhile, former Spurs striker Darren Bent returns to White Hart Lane with Aston Villa this Sunday.

Premier League table

# Team MP D P
1 38 +43 89
2 38 +32 78
3 38 +36 75
4 38 +35 73
5 38 +20 72
6 38 +15 63
7 38 +28 61
8 38 -4 49
9 38 -4 46
10 38 -8 46
11 38 -17 44
12 38 -10 43
13 38 -11 42
14 38 -11 41
15 38 -22 41
16 38 -23 41
17 38 -13 39
18 38 -26 36
19 38 -30 28
20 38 -30 25