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Played
September 24, 2013 7:45 PM BST
Villa Park — Birmingham
Referee:‬ J. Moss‎
Attendance:‬ 22975‎
 
 
Jermain Defoe 45+1′
 
Paulinho 49′
 
Nacer Chadli 85′
 
Jermain Defoe 90+2′
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Aston Villa 0-4 Tottenham

Andre Villas-Boas's men were too strong for the hosts, with Lewis Holtby demonstrating a wonderful range of passing, while the anonymous Villans sank without trace

By Tom J Doyle

  • Jed Steer
    3
    3
    2.50

    Jed Steer

    The 21-year-old made a confident stop from Defoe early on but was almost embarrassed after the striker closed down a lazy clearance. Made a wonderful stop from Lamela but should really have stopped Chadli's third.

  • Joseph Bennett
    2
    3
    2.50

    Joseph Bennett

    The left-back got himself about well and did not allow Lamela to gallop past him down the flank but offered little offensively despite a willingness to get forward.

  • Ron Vlaar
    1
    2
    2.00

    Ron Vlaar

    Looked long with his passing to Kovac and Tonev, with varying success, and struggled with the movement of Kane and Defoe all night.

  • Matthew Lowton
    2
    2
    2.00

    Matthew Lowton

    Unlucky to provide the flick that set up Paulinho for the second but, like many of his team-mates, he did not really get into the game and was unable to get to grips with the Spurs forwards.

  • Nathan Baker
    3
    2
    2.50

    Nathan Baker

    Another Villa player who showed determination but too often picked the wrong pass with team mates better placed. Not terrible but did little to mark himself out either.

  • Leandro Bacuna
    4
    2
    2.50

    Leandro Bacuna

    The 22-year-old worked hard down the right to harry his opponents but was unable to break down a strong Tottenham side and lost the ball more frequently late on.

  • Karim El Ahmadi
    3
    5
    2.00

    Karim El Ahmadi Flop of the Match

    The Dutchman was anonymous throughout the first half and offered virtually nothing either forward or backward. Replaced by Bowery at the interval.

  • Yacouba Sylla
    2
    1
    3.00

    Yacouba Sylla

    One of the few Villa players to show any drive and desire to trouble Spurs as he drive forward in the second half, though he lacked the necessary quality to make a difference.

  • Alexandar Tonev
    6
    1
    3.00

    Alexandar Tonev

    The winger was clever in possession with his back to goal and put in a few great balls from the left that should have been put away. Tested Friedel late on with a vicious strike from distance before being replaced.

  • Marc Albrighton
    4
    2
    3.00

    Marc Albrighton

    Full of confident running early on and almost opened the scoring but for a fine save from Friedel after 15 minutes. Looked the most likely home player to create anything and never gave up.

  • Libor Kozák
    1
    2
    2.50

    Libor Kozák

    A few of the new striker's knockdowns were fairly aimless but he showed a fairly good touch under pressure as the target man. Could not get in to goalscoring positions, though, and was replaced at half-time.

Substitutions

  • Nicklas Helenius
    6
    1
    3.00

    Nicklas Helenius

    Introduced at half-time and almost scored after 30 seconds despite his shorts being pulled down by Vertonghen. He added urgency to the Villa attack but had limited service.

  • Andreas Weimann
    5
    1

    Andreas Weimann

    A

  • Jordan Nathaniel Bowery
    1
    2
    2.50

    Jordan Nathaniel Bowery

    Lambert's second change at the interval - he struggled to offer anything of note.

  • Callum Robinson
    2
    2

    Callum Robinson

    Did little in the eight minutes for which he was on.

  • Brad Friedel
    19
    2
    3.50

    Brad Friedel

    Made a superb low stop to prevent Albrighton from opening the scoring after 15 minutes, looking younger than his 42 years. Stood strong to beat away a Tonev blast with 15 minutes remaining.

  • Ezekiel Fryers
    12
    2
    3.00

    Ezekiel Fryers

    The youngster was turned a few times by Albrighton but generally coped well with VIlla's infrequent attacks.

  • Jan Vertonghen
    20
    5
    3.00

    Jan Vertonghen

    Almost conceded a comical penalty by pulling down Helenius's shorts and was perhaps lucky to stay on the pitch as he was the last man. Other than that, a quiet, composed evening.

  • Kyle Walker
    11
    2
    3.00

    Kyle Walker

    The right-back hurt his knee early on but quickly recovered to provide his usual lung-busting runs and held his position well later on to deny Tonev a tap-in from a cross. Replaced by Dawson late on.

  • Vlad Iulian Chiricheş
    27
    4
    2.50

    Vlad Iulian Chiricheş

    The debutant causally gave the ball away after 12 minutes but the mistake went unpunished. It was the first of a few nervous errors but he looked strong in the tackle and improved.

  • Lewis Holtby
    38
    8
    4.00

    Lewis Holtby Top of the Match

    Struggled to have an impact in the first 30 minutes but fed Lamela with a delicious ball that deserved to be converted and showed breathtaking vision to set up Defoe with an audacious lob pass and a second late on. From then on, a top display from the in-form midfielder.

  • Paulinho
    31
    2
    4.00

    Paulinho

    Looked to impose himself in forward positions but was crowded out by diligent defending in the first 45 minutes, until finding space after the restart to net the second from close range. Very strong in possession and looks an assured buy.

  • Sandro
    17
    2
    3.50

    Sandro

    Another Spurs midfielder trying to get back into the first XI, he showed good strength in the middle to hold possession and win a number of free kicks while intercepting well.

  • Erik Lamela
    20
    9
    3.00

    Erik Lamela

    Spurs' record signing showed good vision early on with a delicate chip through to Kane and almost scored a brilliant opener after a fine one-two with Holtby. Needs to be better with his passing, though, to truly hurt teams.

  • Harry Kane
    16
    5
    3.50

    Harry Kane

    The 20-year-old took too much time over an early chance but his build-up play with Defoe was clever, particularly a great pass on 42 minutes. Always confident in possession and cheered off after being subbed.

  • Jermain Defoe
    21
    5
    4.00

    Jermain Defoe

    Looked hungry to score to try to play himself into Villas-Boas's first XI, forcing Steer into a couple of good stops while closing the keeper down to narrowly miss a cheeky goal before netting a lovely header before the interval and a clinical one-on-one late on.

Substitutions

  • Michael Dawson
    12
    3
    2.50

    Michael Dawson

    Came on late on to add some solidity with Villa scratching around for a way back into the game and stood firm.

  • Mousa Dembélé
    16
    2
    3.00

    Mousa Dembélé

    Replaced Paulinho with 25 minutes to go and played his usual powerful role.

  • Nacer Chadli
    21
    3
    3.00

    Nacer Chadli

    The winger has struggled during the early days of his Spurs career but replaced Kane with 20 minutes to go and beat Steer at his near post.

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