Premier League – Clinical Tottenham out-gun Villa
Tottenham eased their Premier League relegation fears with a clinical 2-1 victory against stuttering Aston Villa at Villa Park.
Jermaine Jenas and Darren Bent scored the goals for Harry Redknapp’s resurgent side, who are now unbeaten in five league matches and up to 11th in the table after a smash-and-grab raid in the midlands.
Substitute John Carew gave Villa hope late on with a towering header, but Tottenham held on to deny Martin O’Neill’s team – who dominated for long periods, but failed to convert their possession into goals.
Defeat for Villa means they have harvested just one point from their last four league matches and slipped outside the coveted top-four.
Villa responded well to the early shock and proceeded to completely control the remainder of the first half.
Such was Young’s threat that Redknapp replaced Zokora with Vedran Corluka on 35 minutes.
Emile Heskey hit the bar with a firm header from Gareth Barry’s left-wing centre in first-half injury time, to end a frustrating first period for the home side.
Bent added a second for Spurs against the run of play on 50 minutes, sliding home after Robbie Keane shot across Friedel following good work from Jenas and Lennon.
Once again Villa reacted well, but for all their possession clear-cut chances were not forthcoming.
Villa eventually found a breakthrough on 84 minutes, however, when Carew leapt highest to meet James Milner‘s cross and crash home a header via the crossbar.
A grandstand finish followed, but Spurs held firm to seal victory and inflict another blow to Villa’s hopes of Champions League qualification.