Aston Villa 0-2 Tottenham: Spurs up to sixth as they put bad week behind them

Match report as Tottenham returned to winning ways at Aston Villa; Carlos Vinicius’ first Premier League goal sent Spurs on their way to victory; Harry Kane’s penalty secured all three points; Jose Mourinho’s side up to sixth, three points behind Chelsea in fourth; Villa stay 10th

Sunday 21 March 2021 21:49, UK

Tottenham put a difficult week behind them as they breathed new life into the bid to secure European football next season with a 2-0 victory at Aston Villa on Super Sunday.

Jose Mourinho’s side, who were under pressure after defeat to north London rivals Arsenal last weekend and a Europa League exit at the hands of Dinamo Zagreb in midweek, took the lead midway through the first half thanks to Carlos Vinicius’ first Premier League goal.

Harry Kane, who partnered Vinicius in attack, put the smiles firmly back on Spurs’ faces, scoring from the penalty spot to seal an important three points after winning the penalty following a coming together with Matty Cash.

🗣 "It's cute from Kane, some won't like it."

Harry Kane wins and then converts a penalty to double Tottenham's lead against Aston Villa.

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Victory sees Spurs, who ease the pressure off Mourinho, move above Everton and Liverpool into sixth, one point behind West Ham in fifth, and three behind fourth-placed Chelsea.

Meanwhile, Villa, who were without the injured Jack Grealish again, stay 10th with defeat denting their own European hopes.

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Neville on Spurs' penalty…

“Harry Kane doesn’t play the ball, he runs over the ball. No one likes a wily striker more than Jose Mourinho and he was there Kane.

“Cash has gone in there to block the cross that Kane is going to put across. Kane jumps over the ball and jumps into the challenge of Cash, it’s as simple as that.”

Neville: Jose will be nibbling again

Sky Sports’ Gary Neville:

“Spurs are a point off West Ham in fifth, three points behind Chelsea, who are in the final Champions League place.

“Jose Mourinho will be nibbling again. It will be a comfortable international break for him now.”

“It’s there for these Spurs players. We talk about it being a bad season and them doing more, which I think is right, but they could still go and win a trophy, and they could still go and get into the Champions League.

“It’s there for them. They have got the ability to do it, they are just inconsistent.”

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Man of the match – Lucas Moura

Sky Sports’ Gary Neville: “It could be Harry Kane, it could be Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, but I’m going with Lucas Moura.

“I just think the setting up of the first goal and his general all-round performance has been really good.”

Opta stats – Spurs quietly going about their league business

  • Tottenham have won four of their last five Premier League games (L1), as many as their previous 15 league matches beforehand (W4 D4 L7).
  • Aston Villa are winless in four Premier League games (D2 L2), their longest such run of the season, with the Villans scoring just one goal in this winless stretch.
  • Villa failed to have a single shot in the opening 45 minutes against Spurs, the first time they failed to register an attempt in the first half of any home league game since April 2014 against Southampton. Their first shot of this match came in the 58th minute via Trézéguet.
  • Smith’s side have won just one of their six Premier League games in which Jack Grealish has not featured this season (17% – D2 L3); this is compared to a 50% win rate in their 22 league matches with him in the side in 2020-21 (W11 D3 L8).

What’s next?

Following the international break, Aston Villa host Fulham on Saturday, April 3 at 8pm, live on Sky Sports Premier League from 7.45pm.

Meanwhile, Tottenham travel to Newcastle on Sunday, April 3; kick-off at 2.05pm, live on Sky Sports Premier League.

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