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Tottenham stroll to easy 3-0 win over Aston Villa

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Paulinho after opening the scoring for Spurs
Paulinho after opening the scoring for Spurs.

Tottenham strolled to a 3-0 victory over Aston Villa at White Hart Lane to send manager Tim Sherwood off on a high after what is expected to be his last game in charge of the club.

Spurs blew away their opponents with three quick-fire goals in the first half, with Paulinho putting his side ahead after 14 minutes - the first time that the north London club have scored in the first 15 minutes of a league game all season.

Nathan Baker then turned the ball into his own net after the half-hour mark, before Emmanuel Adebayor tucked home from the penalty spot following a handball from Gabby Agbonlahor.

The result mean that Spurs have secured 6th place in the Premier League from Manchester United, who were held to a 1-1 draw by Southampton - that's the first time they've finished above the Red Devils in 24 years.

Although securing their place in Europe was the aim of the day in truth there was little on the line for Spurs, and with Villa safe from relegation there was certainly an end-of-season feeling to the game.

Sherwood's side started brightly enough and with Christian Eriksen looking sharp, looked to trouble Villa 'keeper Brad Guzan early on -  Harry Kane certainly should have done better with a close-range header.

The home side didn't have time to dwell on that for too long however as Paulinho popped up to give his side the lead not long after - the Brazilian benefited from some fine build-up play on the edge of the area and jabbed home into the net at the second attempt. He passed up the chance to double Tottenham's lead with a low drive that just went by the post almost immediately afterwards.

Villa were offering almost nothing going forward - indeed they didn't manage a shot on target until the 80th minute of the game and even that was saved comfortably enough by Hugo Lloris - and soon enough they were made to pay for their lack of ambition. 

Nathan Baker was unfortunate to turn the ball into the back of his own net with Adebayor lurking behind him after 35 minutes, but the 2-0 scoreline wasn't unkind on the visitors.

Things went from bad to worse for Paul Lambert's side when Agbonlahor was penalised for handling the ball in the area from Sandro's hopeful shot just three minutes later. The Togolese striker slammed his spot-kick high into the net to effectively put the game to bed.

Somewhat inevitably there was little in the way of action in the second half - indeed the most entertaining moment came when Sherwood offered a Spurs fan his infamous gillet and the chance to seat in his seat on the bench alongside coach Les Ferdinand - an offer that the surprised fan duly took up.

The win means Spurs finish the season on 69 points in 6th place - but with Sherwood on the way out and Champions League qualification missed once more, this won't been a campaign to reflect fondly on for the north London club. 

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