Tottenham produced their greatest league show because the opening-game win over Manchester Metropolis to finish a run of three straight league defeats with victory over a cussed Aston Villa.
Humbled at north London rivals Arsenal within the final of that trio of losses, Spurs overcame a ropey begin to produce a show that was removed from good however at the least showcased a larger defensive organisation and attacking edge.
Son Heung-min was usually brilliant, offering two assists, Lucas Moura seemed sharp and Harry Kane -fresh from his 20-minute hat-trick in opposition to Mura on Thursday – was extra concerned within the remaining third than of late.
Nonetheless, they have been nonetheless made to work by a Villa aspect who didn’t panic after falling behind to Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg’s coolly-taken opener halfway by means of the primary half.
Their enterprise and endeavour was rewarded with simply over 20 minutes to go, with Oli Watkins assembly Danny Ings’ very good low cross to web his first purpose of the season from shut vary.
Their pleasure was brief lived, although, with Son rushing previous Kortney Hause and offering an outstanding low ball that was bundled into his personal web by Matt Targett below strain from Moura.
Spurs had quite a few alternatives to place the sport to mattress however did not convert, probably the most notable being an Emiliano Martinez save to disclaim Kane his first Premier League purpose of the season.
The win strikes Nuno Espirito Santo’s aspect as much as eighth on 12 factors, two locations and factors higher off than Villa.
Tottenham present potential and resolve to assert huge win
Tottenham badly wanted this end result, and presumably the method by which they achieved it much more.
All three of the wins with which they started the season have been achieved by a 1-0 scoreline. At no level this league marketing campaign had they overcome a setback to choose up factors.
They will now tick that important psychological milestone off the record.
They deserved it too, settling into the sport after a gap quarter-hour wherein either side repeatedly gave the ball away to take management. They normal extra possibilities and will have been out of sight lengthy earlier than Watkins despatched a wave of panic across the stadium with simply over 20 minutes left.
The injuries from final Sunday’s humiliation on the Emirates will nonetheless take time to heal, however performances and outcomes like this in opposition to a advantageous Villa aspect will go a protracted technique to silencing the rising variety of critics trying to query Nuno’s suitability for the supervisor’s job and the appliance of a few of his gamers.
Villa aren’t any mugs. They demonstrated that in final weekend’s victory at Manchester United. However they’ll don’t have any complaints about this loss.
At no level did they actually have a grip on the sport and in dropping parity so quickly after they battled again to earn it additionally they relinquished the chance to correctly take a look at the nerves of a nonetheless fragile dwelling aspect.
Fee gamers out of 10 all through or after the sport. The rater will shut half-hour after the ultimate whistle.
Score vary key = Give it up = Pure perfection
- 12Leite de Souza Junior
- 4RomeroBooked at 68mins
- 29SkippBooked at 36mins
- 27Lucas MouraSubstituted forGilat 89′minutes
- 28NdombeleSubstituted forLo Celsoat 76′minutes
- 7Son Heung-Min
- 6D Sánchez
- 18Lo Celso
- 30HauseSubstituted forTraoréat 80′minutes
- 6Douglas Luiz
- 41RamseyBooked at 31minsSubstituted forBuendíaat 69′minutes
- 20IngsSubstituted forArcherat 89′minutes
- 21El Ghazi
- Chris Kavanagh
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Match ends, Tottenham Hotspur 2, Aston Villa 1.
Second Half ends, Tottenham Hotspur 2, Aston Villa 1.
Bryan Gil (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick on the best wing.
Foul by Douglas Luiz (Aston Villa).
Nook, Tottenham Hotspur. Conceded by Matt Targett.
Nook, Tottenham Hotspur. Conceded by Douglas Luiz.
Son Heung-Min (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick on the best wing.
Foul by Douglas Luiz (Aston Villa).
Nook, Tottenham Hotspur. Conceded by Emiliano Martínez.
Substitution, Aston Villa. Cameron Archer replaces Danny Ings.
Substitution, Tottenham Hotspur. Bryan Gil replaces Lucas Moura.
Nook, Aston Villa. Conceded by Cristian Romero.
Foul by Pierre-Emile Højbjerg (Tottenham Hotspur).
John McGinn (Aston Villa) wins a free kick within the defensive half.
Try saved. Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur) proper footed shot from a tough angle on the left is saved within the high centre of the purpose.
Try saved. Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur) left footed shot from the centre of the field is saved within the centre of the purpose. Assisted by Hugo Lloris.
Nook, Tottenham Hotspur. Conceded by Tyrone Mings.
Try blocked. Giovani Lo Celso (Tottenham Hotspur) left footed shot from the centre of the field is blocked. Assisted by Harry Kane.
Try missed. Giovani Lo Celso (Tottenham Hotspur) left footed shot from exterior the field is shut, however misses to the left. Assisted by Son Heung-Min.
Try missed. Ollie Watkins (Aston Villa) header from the left aspect of the field misses to the left.
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