Tottenham 2-1 Aston Villa: Hojbjerg end and Targett personal purpose give Spurs much-needed win

Hojbjerg scored a well timed first purpose of the season to offer Tottenham a much-needed league win

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.

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Fee gamers out of 10 all through or after the sport. The rater will shut half-hour after the ultimate whistle.

Score vary key1 = Give it up10 = Pure perfection

Tottenham Hotspur

  1. Squad quantity11Participant titleGil
  2. Squad quantity18Participant titleLo Celso

Aston Villa

  1. Squad quantity1Participant titleMartínez

  2. Squad quantity4Participant titleKonsa

  3. Squad quantity30Participant titleHause

  4. Squad quantity5Participant titleMings

  5. Squad quantity2Participant titleMoney

  6. Squad quantity7Participant titleMcGinn

  7. Squad quantity6Participant titleDouglas Luiz

  8. Squad quantity41Participant titleRamsey

  9. Squad quantity3Participant titleTargett

  10. Squad quantity11Participant titleWatkins

  11. Squad quantity20Participant titleIngs

  1. Squad quantity10Participant titleBuendía

  2. Squad quantity15Participant titleTraoré

  3. Squad quantity35Participant titleArcher



Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Lloris
  • 12Leite de Souza Junior
  • 4RomeroBooked at 68mins
  • 15Dier
  • 3Reguilón
  • 5Højbjerg
  • 29SkippBooked at 36mins
  • 27Lucas MouraSubstituted forGilat 89′minutes
  • 28NdombeleSubstituted forLo Celsoat 76′minutes
  • 7Son Heung-Min
  • 10Kane


  • 2Doherty
  • 6D Sánchez
  • 8Winks
  • 11Gil
  • 14Rodon
  • 18Lo Celso
  • 20Alli
  • 22Gollini
  • 44Scarlett

Aston Villa

Formation 3-5-2

  • 1Martínez
  • 4Konsa
  • 30HauseSubstituted forTraoréat 80′minutes
  • 5Mings
  • 2Money
  • 7McGinn
  • 6Douglas Luiz
  • 41RamseyBooked at 31minsSubstituted forBuendíaat 69′minutes
  • 3Targett
  • 11Watkins
  • 20IngsSubstituted forArcherat 89′minutes


  • 10Buendía
  • 12Steer
  • 15Traoré
  • 16Tuanzebe
  • 18Younger
  • 19Nakamba
  • 21El Ghazi
  • 32Philogene-Bidace
  • 35Archer

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