Aston Villa v Tottenham Hotspur –
Final Score/Result: Aston Villa 0-2 Tottenham
Man Of The Match: Andros Townsend
Tottenham Hotspur returned to winning ways in the league with a 2-0 victory over Aston Villa.
The London club came into this game under a lot of pressure after the shocking defeat at home against West Ham in their last league game. Tottenham had to put things right immediately and they did so with a good performance at Villa Park.
Andre Villas-Boas made a lot of changes to the side that he fielded in the last game. Vertonghen switched to the left back spot, while Vlad Chiriches made his Premier League debut in the center of the defence. Dembele was dropped in favour of Sandro, while Defoe and Eriksen made way for Soldado and Holtby.
The first half was fairly scrappy with neither side able to dominate or keep hold of the possession for a long period. Andros Townsend, the man who has been all over the news in past few days, looked the most likely player on the pitch to create an opening and the England international didn’t disappoint. The 22-year-old gave Spurs the lead as his attempted cross from the right found its way past Guzan into the back of the net.
Paul Lambert brought on Christian Benteke in the second half and the Belgium international’s presence immediately lifted his side and the Villa fans. Ironically, Villa were enjoying their best spell in the match when Tottenham scored their second. Roberto Soldado was wonderfully set up by Paulinho and the Spaniard finished with aplomb. That was the first goal scored by a Tottenham striker from open play in the Premier League this season and Andre Villas-Boas would hope that it was the first of the many.
Tottenham dominated the game in the later stages as Villa left lot of space at the back. Andros Townsend was a constant threat down the wing and created plenty of opportunities to extend the lead. But the matches ended 2-0 in favour of the away side and they looked stronger as the game moved on.
Tottenham Hotspur manager Andre Villas-Boas was delighted with his side’s response to that loss against West Ham last week and was particularly pleased about how Andros Townsend is gradually becoming the main man in Tottenham’s attack.
“He is a fearless player. He doesn’t fear the competition here and has the ability to produce performances to guarantee his place in the team.”
“He gives us so many attacking options and takes the team forward with his driving forward and his link-up play.“
“I thought it was a great performance by Andros. Like the team he grew as the game went on.“
“He wants the ball and shows for the ball. He is very grounded and down to earth.“
“You have to give credit to the player and his loan at QPR worked for him. He had to wait for his chance and he got it when Aaron Lennon got injured.“
“He has shown all his drive and motivation to stay at Spurs and we are very pleased for him.” – The Tottenham Hotspur manager said.
There are inevitable comparisons of Townsend and Gareth Bale doing rounds in press, but Villas Boas played down those comparisons as of now.
“It is early beginnings for Andros in his life at this club“
“Gareth’s influence had grown immense and it is early beginnings for Andros, but it is down to the player’s ability and his drive.” – Villas Boas added.
The Portuguese tactician also heaped praise on the side for the way they have responded to that defeat in their last game and pointed out how his side improved their performance as the game moved on.
“It was a great performance. We improved with time because the beginning was difficult as we had lots of long balls to deal with.“
“The opening goal was important to bring confidence and we really played well in the second half. We deserved to go 2-0 up.“
“It was the right response after the defeat by West Ham and it is good to see us near the top.” – He told the press.
Aston Villa v Tottenham Hotspur – Statistics
Andros Townsend has been the talk of the town recently. After shining for England in the World Cup Qualifiers and recently signing a new contract, the young winger continued to dazzle for his club. Townsend was easily the most dangerous attacker on the pitch and scored the opener in the first half, although it didn’t come from an intended shot. But he was provided with a lot of space in the second half and he Luna a torrid time down his side. The above heat map shows his movement and positioning on the pitch against Villa.