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October 20, 2013 4:00 PM BST
Villa Park — Birmingham
Referee:‬ P. Dowd‎
Attendance:‬ 35391‎
 
 
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Aston Villa 0-2 Tottenham

Andre Villas-Boas' team climbed to fifth in the table after goals from Andros Townsend and Roberto Soldado inspired Spurs to a deserved victory at Villa Park

By Wayne Veysey at Villa Park

  • Bradley Guzan
    8
    1
    3.00

    Bradley Guzan

    Got his positioning wrong for Townsend's goal but made amends with superb saves from the same player and Paulinho either side of the break.

  • Ron Vlaar
    6
    0
    3.50

    Ron Vlaar

    Read the game well, made some important interceptions and kept a close rein on Soldado.

  • Luna
    3
    5
    2.50

    Luna

    Handed the tricky assignment of subduing in-form Townsend, the left-back started solidly but was blown away by the winger's pace and dribbling in the second half.

  • Nathan Baker
    5
    3
    2.50

    Nathan Baker

    The late replacement for Clark started well but got pulled out of position too often for comfort in the second half.

  • Leandro Bacuna
    9
    1
    3.50

    Leandro Bacuna

    Kept Sigurdsson and Lennon quiet, and provided the cross of the game from the right only for Benteke to head over.

  • Karim El Ahmadi
    0
    4
    2.50

    Karim El Ahmadi

    Combative and energetic but offered little going forward and was subbed in the second half.

  • Ashley Westwood
    1
    4
    3.00

    Ashley Westwood

    Snapped at the heels of Tottenham's midfielders. Came close to giving Villa the lead with a 22nd minute free-kick but his set-piece delivery was inconsistent.

  • Fabian Delph
    9
    5
    3.50

    Fabian Delph

    The most effective of Villa's central-midfield trio. His touch, technique and dribbling stood out.

  • Andreas Weimann
    3
    2
    3.00

    Andreas Weimann

    His energy and persistence were always a threat. Came close to drawing Villa level with a snapshot from the edge of the box.

  • Libor Kozák
    3
    4
    1.50

    Libor Kozák Flop of the Match

    Looked anything but a £7m striker as he struggled to make an impression in the lone spearhead role. Replaced by Benteke after an hour.

  • Gabriel Agbonlahor
    3
    3
    3.50

    Gabriel Agbonlahor

    The most menacing of the Villa attackers. Carried the ball forward at every opportunity and

Substitutions

  • Alexandar Tonev
    1
    2
    2.00

    Alexandar Tonev

    Replaced Agbonlahor late on but made little impression.

  • Yacouba Sylla
    0
    2
    2.00

    Yacouba Sylla

    Made little impression after replacing El Ahmadi.

  • C. Benteke
    17
    2
    3.00

    C. Benteke

    Lifted the crowd and the team with his mere presence after a month out. Had a great opportunity to score the equaliser minutes after coming off the bench but headed over from six yards.

  • Hugo Lloris
    31
    3
    3.50

    Hugo Lloris

    Made a fine save from a Westwood free kick but otherwise had little to do. His distribution was consistently excellent.

  • Kyle Walker
    27
    2
    3.00

    Kyle Walker

    Did not bomb forward too often but defended solidly.

  • Jan Vertonghen
    42
    3
    3.50

    Jan Vertonghen

    Slotted in at left-back with few alarms. Handled the dangerous Weimann adeptly and his assurance on the ball gave confidence to his team-mates.

  • Vlad Iulian Chiricheş
    46
    1
    3.50

    Vlad Iulian Chiricheş

    Impressive Premier League debut from the centre-back. Looked comfortable on the ball and strong in the air.

  • Michael Dawson
    25
    7
    3.00

    Michael Dawson

    Made up for his technical deficiencies with strong leadership and communication.

  • Paulinho
    37
    5
    3.50

    Paulinho

    Sometimes wasteful in possession but formed a solid all-Brazil alliance with Sandro and offered penetration when he surged forward after the break. Nearly scored Spurs' second before teeing up Soldado for the second goal.

  • Lewis Holtby
    28
    10
    3.00

    Lewis Holtby

    Anonymous in the first half but was more effective after the break, when Villa gave him more space to operate in.

  • Andros Townsend
    58
    3
    4.00

    Andros Townsend Top of the Match

    Carried on where he left off for England by being Spurs' most effective attacking player. Broke the deadlock with a cross from the right that floated untouched into the net to record his first league goal for Spurs. Made some thrilling second-half runs but his end product was mixed.

  • Gylfi Sigurdsson
    13
    11
    2.50

    Gylfi Sigurdsson

    Had little joy on the left flank. Replaced by Lennon after 65 minutes.

  • Sandro
    38
    2
    3.50

    Sandro

    A powerful display in his first league start of the season. Dominated in the air and his clean tackling helped the visitors keep control.

  • Roberto Soldado
    50
    1
    3.00

    Roberto Soldado

    Laid the ball neatly to Townsend for the opener and finished clinically for the second, in what was his third league goal for Spurs but first from open play. However, at times looked sluggish and off the pace. Subbed with four minutes left.

Substitutions

  • Aaron Lennon
    25
    4
    3.00

    Aaron Lennon

    Made some exciting runs on the left in his comeback from injury.

  • Mousa Dembele
    37
    4
    3.50

    Mousa Dembele

    His smooth passing helped maintain Spurs' dominance.

  • Jermain Defoe
    10
    4
    2.00

    Jermain Defoe

    Replaced Soldado in the dying minutes.

Results
 
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Ranking
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Luis Suárez Luis Suárez
Striker
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29 0
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20 0
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18 6
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Striker
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15 2
Sergio Agüero Sergio Agüero
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15 0