It took only 2 minutes for the North London side to get off the mark, with a typically powerful run from midfielder Mousa Dembele who cut open the Villa defence from the left and slotted past keeper Brad Guzan. But it wasn’t until added time in the first half that the game would see its second goal. A flying run from Danny Rose ended in him playing a cross deep into the box, which fell nicely to young English starlet Dele Alli, who elegantly finished into the bottom left corner.
It was to be another painful night for the Villa faithful, with their club already rooted to the bottom of the table, and with Tim Sheerwood having been sacked and replaced with Frenchman Remi Garde, who potentially lacks the knowledge and capability in keeping the club in the Premier League.
However, there was an injection of hope and belief in the away corner of White Hart Lane during the second half, as a period of Aston Villa pressure finally ended up in a goal, with a shot from substitute Jordan Ayews deflecting off Jan Vertonghen and flying into the bottom left corner, bamboozling Lloris and disappointing Vertonghen, who was making his 100th Premier League appearance.
Unfortunately for Villa, they couldn’t capitalise on Tottenham’s complacency, and the Spurs counter-attacking ability and flair was on full display in the last few minutes of the game. A neat one-two between Ben Davies and Josh Onomah started the attack for Tottenham’s third goal of the night, with Christian Eriksen playing the ball to Erik Lamela, who slid it through to Harry Kane to finish the move with a shot in the top right corner of the net, his fifth goal of the season.
The win sees Tottenham climb to fifth in the Premier League table, above London rivals West Ham on goal difference, and only one point off Manchester United in fourth. North London rivals Arsenal are five points away and currently occupy the top spot. Spurs face Anderlecht on Thursday in the Europa League, and travel the short distance to face Arsenal on Sunday afternoon.
Aston Villa, however, stay bottom of the league, four points off safety after only managing only four points after eleven games. They face Manchester City next weekend at Villa Park, for Remi Garde’s opening fixture of his Aston Villa career.
As Christmas and the New Year quickly approaches, it’s worrying times for Aston Villa. The nightmare of being relegated for the first time since the Premier League started in 1992 is becoming a real life situation, and one that needs to be rectified swiftly.