Andros Townsend continued his fine run of form as Tottenham got back to winning ways with a comfortable 2-0 victory over Aston Villa.
A fortunate opener from Tottenham's man of the moment was followed by a second half strike by Roberto Soldado, as Spurs left Villa Park with all three points, to get their league form back on track.
A surprise home defeat to West Ham last time out gave this fixture added importance for Andre Villas-Boas and his team, who were boosted by the news that Villa striker Christian Benteke was only fit for a place on the bench.
And despite dominating the possession in the opening stages, their opening goal had a great deal of fortune to it as Townsend's curling cross evaded everyone before finding the corner of the home side's net.
During the celebrations there was an unsavory moment when assistant referee David Bryan was hit by a flare thrown by Spurs' fans celebrating the goal, though thankfully he was able to continue.
Townsend was denied a second before the break, but was denied by a great save from Brad Guzan, after Gylfi Sigurdsson had spurned a great chance by heading wide when unmarked.
Guzan was at the rescue again for Villa early in the second half after keeping out Soldado's neat flick with a wonderful stretching save, before the introduction of talisman Benteke sparked Villa into life.
However just as the home side's momentum was building, Spurs killed the game thanks to a quality finish from Soldado, after a great pass from Paulinho.
As the game neared it's conclusion, Townsend continued to impress and went close to adding to his earlier strike, but his curling shot flew just over.
The win sends Tottenham into fifth place and just three points behind leaders Arsenal. With 16 points from their opening eight games it means they have equaled their best start to a Premier League season.
Meanwhile Aston Villa drop to 13th.
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