Harry Kane Saves The Day!
A late goal in the last minute from Harry Kane sealed the deal for Spurs, as they beat a 10-men Aston Villa side, who now have lost their sixth game in a row.
Aston Villa were hoping to get some positives in today’s game against Tottenham, as Villa haven’t gained a point in the Premier League, since their 1-0 victory away at Liverpool the 13th September. Since then, Villa have lost five game in a row, not scoring a single goal. Before today’s game, Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo has scored 20 goals for his team since Villa last scored.
Tottenham’s Premier League form was almost as poor as Villa’s, as they hadn’t won a match since the 5th October in a 1-0 victory at home to Southampton. Spurs since then have had a 5-1 victory in the Europa League and a 2-0 victory in the League Cup, but did lose 1-2 at home to Newcastle last week.
It was Spurs who started the game much better today than they have in their previous League games, and Roberto Soldado had a few great chances in the early minutes, especially in the first minute, when he saw his 20-yard shot fly just past the post, leaving the goal keeper feeling lucky that it didn’t go in.
However, it was Aston Villa who got the first goal in the 16th minute, when Charles N’Zogbia, who had been recalled to the starting line-up in place of the dropped Gabriel Agbonlahor, ran down the right and with a low cross found a Weimann who with a sweep from 15-yards put the ball in the net, ending Villa’s goal drought which had lasted nine hours and seven minutes of playing time.
Adebayor, who was chosen to start instead of Kane, should have equalised for Spurs just before half time, when Christian Eriksen found the Togo striker inside the box, but with a weak finish, Adebayor allowed goalkeeper Brad Guzan to punch the ball out of bounce.
Aston Villa’s bad luck in Premier League games continued, as the match turned on his head when Benteke was sent off in the 20th minute of the second half, for raising his hands on Spurs’s Mason. However, replays show that it was Mason who started the scuffle with Benteke as he had pushed his head into the Belgium international’s face.
Being a man short, Aston Villa played deeper, and they began to tire as Spurs had 61% of the possession, passing the Villa players out of breath. Because of this, Spurs kept attacking, and they managed to get the equaliser with six minutes left, when Chadli at the far post punted in a Lamela corner cross, making it his fourth goal of the season.
Harry Kane, who had come in for a poor Adebayor in the 58th minute, scored a hat-trick in Spurs’s 5-1 Europa League win and another in Wednesdays 2-0 League Cup victory, and he continued his scoring with a free kick in the last minute of the game, which luckily for him flicked in off defender Nathan Baker leaving goalkeeper Guzan helpless in goal.
The Under-21 International became the man of the match as the referee blew the whistle, giving Tottenham all three points and making it Villa’s sixth straight loss.
Aston Villa boss, Paul Lambers must look into improving his squad attacking force, as they will be without Benteke in their next match away against West Ham United. Villa will look for a victory, as today’s loss puts them 15th, only two pointsabove the relegation zone.
Tottenham’s victory puts them back on track and on eighth in the League, only three points from 4th position. Mauricio Pochettino’s men could get their three points if they manage to beat Stoke at home next Sunday.