Aston Villa 1-2 Tottenham: Match report

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Aston Villa were given a strong lashing of the cane by Tottenham striker Harry Kane when his deflected free kick wrong-footed Brad Guzan to pinch a hard-fought three points on the road.

Villa went into the game having failed to score since September 13 in that landmark victory at Anfield, while the visitors have struggled with settling on a consistent form of late.

It was Paul Lambert's side who started off most positively when Christian Benteke saw a header fly just wide.

The big Belgian came even closer just moments later when he was clumsily allowed acres of space in the Spurs box to take a touch, readjust, and unleash a fierce strike which rattled the upright.

Villa's landslide of pressure eventually and thankfully paid off when Andreas Weimann raced in to poke home a Charles N'Zogbia cross inside Hugo Lloris' near post.

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The hosts stood back a little after gaining their first goal in just short of two months and allowed Spurs a couple of opportunities; Roberto Soldado heading wide from 4 yards away, and Younes Kaboul failing to make decent contact on a bobbling ball in the six yard area.

The game looked destined to be drawn to level terms when Emmanuel Adebayor beat the offside trap, broke free and fired his shot towards the bottom corner but Brad Guzan made a wonderful low save to deny the Togo international his first goal of the season.

At the start of a very ferocious second half, all seemed calm until Jan Vertonghen went in dangerously on Ashley Westwood, sparking a small brawl.

Benteke sent off

But that was nothing compared with what was about to occur. Some argy bargy between Erik Lamela, Ryan Mason and Christian Benteke blew into flames when the big Belgian slapped Mason after the Spurs midfielder had put his head against Benteke's. However, referee Neil Swarbrick only sent of the Villa forward which was the not the first, and certainly not the last controversial moment of the match.

Chadli and Kane win it for Spurs

Spurs' mountain of pressure was finally climbed when an unmarked Nacer Chadli prodded the ball into the back of the net from an Erik Lamela corner with 7 minutes on the clock.

But the drama wasn't finished there. Harry Kane's free kick was unfortunately deflected by Nathan Baker to wrong-foot Brad Guzan and ripple the back of the net, extending Villa's dismal run without a point in 6 games.

Paul Lambert slammed the referee after the game, labelling him as "ridiculous" and "a joke of an official."

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