Spurs 2-0 Aston Villa: (Match report)
The lads dissolved any memory of Thursday’s heart rending display with a glorious two, nil win against Aston Villa earlier this afternoon, as Pochettino’s men march on positively in their quest for the league title. The game was only four minutes old when Harry Kane almost took the lead, the 22 year old received a fine pass from Lamela and on the edge of the box Kane went for glory and his effort was mighty close as it clipped the crossbar leaving Guzan stunned in the Villa nets. 20 minutes afterwards Kane again went close to breaking the deadlock, after creating himself some space in the oppositions box Kane launched a powerful low drive which was thwarted excellently wide by Guzan. Kane was again desperately unlucky two minutes afterwards, he embarked on a searching run wrong footing the Villa defence only to have his shot saved by Guzan in between the villa sticks. The Spurs faithful must have been thinking it wasn’t going to be our day as the lilywhites just couldn’t make the net bulge. Half an hour in Lamela hit the woodwork after shooting first time from point blank range, the Argentine’s effort could only rattle the right hand post. However just before the referee Anthony Taylor was about to bring the first half proceedings to an end, Spurs broke the deadlock. After being played in by the intelligent Alli, Kane rolled the ball past the helpless Guzan to give the Lillywhites the lead, 1-0 Spurs!
The second half begun to an almighty roar generated from the Spurs faithful in the away end, as three minutes in Spurs had doubled their lead. Harry Kane had got his second of the game courtesy of a wonderful individual assist from Alli as the teenager released a perfectly weighted ball to the feet of Kane in the Villa box, and Kane needed no second chance as he stabbed home his 19th league goal of the season, 2-0 Spurs! On 75 minutes Erik Lamela almost sealed victory after picking up a pass in the box Lamela created some space for a shot. However the Argentina internationals effort was deflected narrowly wide of the post, leaving Guzan stationary and relieved. The lads became complacent near the end as Villa hit the woodwork on three separate occasions as they looked to spare their blushes. The first occasion was with five minutes remaining as Ayew carved his way through our defence before hitting a searing effort against the left post rebounding in to the path of the towering Gestede who thumped the ball against the crossbar. The final scare for Spurs came just before the 90 as an unmarked Joleon Lescott hit the post after being picked out from the resulting corner, another let off for the lads late on.
However we were victorious on the day as we ran out 2-0 winners in a game we were heavily expected to triumph in. We faired well against the pressure and bounced back brilliantly after Thursday weeks heartache, Dele Alli was key to our victory as I predicted in my preview. The 19 year old got two assists as he was creatively exceptional, as was Harry Kane who’s clinical finishing was superb. The Spurs icon now has 19 goals in the league this season. On a defensive note I thought Kyle Walker’s fantastically rounded performance deserved great credit! The right back was immense through out and didn’t step out of line once. It was another great team performance from a team who are trying to carve their name on English footballs premier trophy. COYS⚽️
Spurs (4-2-3-1): Lloris (c); Walker, Alderweireld, Wimmer, Rose; Dier, Dembele; Lamela (Chadli 89), Alli (Mason 86), Eriksen (Carroll 78); Kane. Substitutes (not used): Vorm, Davies, Trippier, Son.