Tottenham Hotspur impressed again on Sunday evening, as they cruised past Aston Villa 2-0 at Villa Park to jump back into the title race. The visitors began to boss the game right from the start and reaped the benefits come the 31st minute as a slick Tottenham attack was capped by Andros Townsend curling a cross into the box that evaded both all the Tottenham players vying for a header and Villa ’keeper Brad Guzan, who merely fanned at the shot as it curled into the bottom left corner to give the visitors a 1-0 lead.
The subsequent goal celebrations from the visiting support led to an ugly situation in which linesman Dave Bryan was hit in the head with a lit flare thrown from the Tottenham supporters. Thankfully, after a brief stoppage in play, Bryan managed to shake off the hit and returned to action while West Midlands Police arrested 2 men in connection with the incident.
Moving back to football, Tottenham rested rather comfortably on their lead until the hour mark, when Cristian Benteke returned to the pitch for the Villains and immediately had an impact. The Belgian forward and his fellow attackers proved quite a handful for the Tottenham backline for the next 10 or so minutes, with cross constantly being pumped into the box where Benteke rose high and tried to nod home an equalizer. The pressure was quelled though by Roberto Soldado, who poked past Brad Guzan on a Tottenham counter to seal the win for his side while Paul Lambert’s men yet again put in a good day at the office, but with no points to show for it.
Aston Villa: vs. Everton
Tottenham Hotspur: at Sheriff Tiraspol (Europa League)