Tottenham Hotspur came away with three points from Villa Park on Sunday after goals from Andros Townsend and Roberto Soldado sealed a 2-0 win.
Spurs had been subject to a great amount of criticism following their 0-3 loss at home to West Ham a couple of weeks ago. However, they bounced back in great style with a solid win over Aston Villa - one which takes them up to fifth in the Premier League table.
Townsend put Spurs ahead in the 31st minute when his cross - curled into the box from the right wing - went right the way through into the back of Brad Guzan's goal. A superb run from Lewis Holtby drew the USA keeper to his near post, only for the cross to bury itself in the opposite corner.
Tottenham - who passed their way to an impressive 63% possession in the match - dominated the middle of the park and at times played outplayed Villa. There was a shaky patch midway through the second half when the Belgian Christian Benteke came on for Libor Kozak and added some impetus to Villa's attacks. He had a number of chances but crucially was very wasteful and finished the match with just two on target from 15 shots.
Soldado capitalised on a wonderfully-weighted ball from Paulinho to put Spurs 2-0 ahead in the 69th minute. This took the sting out of Villa and proved pivotal in securing the win for the North London side. Throughout the game, Townsend ruined the Villa left-back Antonio Luna, turning him inside and out and creating a number of chances, including two venomous balls into the six-yard-box which, with the slightest of touches, would have turned into goals. Spurs had six shots on target from a total of 13 which became the difference between the two sides.
After 90 minutes (plus added time), Tottenham walked out comfortable winners with Townsend being awarded Man of the Match. A particularly promising aspect for Tottenham is that they kept a clean sheet - which none of the teams above them managed this weekend - and they move on next week to Hull at White Hart Lane full of confidence on the back of this impressive win.
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