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November 21, 2011 8:00 PM GMT
White Hart Lane — London
Referee:‬ M. Halsey‎
Attendance:‬ 35818‎
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Tottenham 2-0 Aston Villa

Spurs' unbeaten run goes on after a scintillating attacking display which saw Gareth Bale torment the visitors time and again while Emmanuel Adebayor broke his scoring duck

By Liam Twomey at White Hart Lane

  • Brad Friedel
    63
    8
    3.00

    Brad Friedel

    Villa’s lack of attacking threat meant he used only his feet during a comfortable first half, and made one routine save from Bent in the second. A quiet night for the American.

  • Younes Kaboul
    81
    9
    3.50

    Younes Kaboul

    His mobility made him the perfect companion for the more stationary figure of King in the heart of defence, and also dealt with the threat of Heskey well in the air.

  • Ledley King
    75
    8
    3.50

    Ledley King

    Continues to amaze with his ability to perform with such authority and assurance on a consistent basis. Not his most difficult test, but he nevertheless didn’t put a foot wrong.

  • Kyle Walker
    82
    11
    3.50

    Kyle Walker

    His lightning pace meant he was able to join Lennon in tormenting Warnock down the right flank while still fulfilling his defensive duties.

  • Benoit Assou-Ekotto
    73
    7
    3.50

    Benoit Assou-Ekotto

    Positionally sound and comfortable as ever on the ball. Didn’t offer too much beyond the halfway line but, with Bale in front of him, he hardly had to.

  • Gareth Bale
    175
    31
    4.50

    Gareth Bale Top of the Match

    A danger every time he got the ball. Whether surging down the flank or through the middle, his pace and control caused havoc in the Villa backline, and he was the most reliable line of supply to Adebayor throughout. Outstanding.

  • Aaron Lennon
    70
    11
    3.50

    Aaron Lennon

    Tormented Warnock mercilessly throughout the first half and, although his final ball was rarely as potent as Bale’s, he did set up one guilt-edged chance for Adebayor early on.

  • Scott Parker
    104
    8
    4.00

    Scott Parker

    Not as easy on the eye as midfield partner Modric, but wonderfully economical in his use of the ball and kept his side ticking over beautifully.

  • Rafael van der Vaart
    87
    11
    3.50

    Rafael van der Vaart

    Brimming with ideas and invention and never shy of a long-range shot, the Dutchman was a constant menace as he drifted around in front of the Villa backline. Poor decision-making in the final third was the only blot on another impressive performance, and fatigue probably led to him being replaced by Defoe with 20 minutes left.

  • Luka Modric
    179
    7
    4.00

    Luka Modric

    Once again conducted the Spurs orchestra with fantastic grace and skill, always picking the right time to bring Bale and Lennon into the action.

  • Emmanuel Adebayor
    115
    12
    4.00

    Emmanuel Adebayor

    Looked determined to break his goal duck, and thoroughly deserved his brace. The first was a work of great improvisation, the second a work of great anticipation after a mix-up between Given and Collins. Missed a couple of other glorious chances though.

Substitutions

  • Sandro
    46
    5
    0.00

    Sandro

    Brought on in the dying minutes to shore up the midfield, and did just that.

  • Jermain Defoe
    42
    14
    3.00

    Jermain Defoe

    Looked lively in his 20 minute cameo, but couldn't find a third goal for his side.

  • Shay Given
    11
    7
    3.00

    Shay Given

    Generally his reliable self, but guilty of a terrible lack of communication with Collins which led to Spurs’ second.

  • Alan Hutton
    3
    24
    2.50

    Alan Hutton

    Presumably positioned on the right of midfield to try and stifle Bale and provide crosses for the Villa strikers, he failed on both counts. Endured a difficult night on his return to his former club.

  • Stephen Warnock
    7
    10
    3.00

    Stephen Warnock

    His lack of pace was exposed time and again by Lennon and Walker, although his well-timed interceptions often meant they had to settle for nothing more than a corner.

  • Richard Dunne
    7
    8
    3.00

    Richard Dunne

    Committed as ever, but did not possess either the mobility to deal with Adebayor or the guile to shackle Van der Vaart. An evening to forget.

  • James Collins
    1
    13
    2.50

    James Collins

    Inadvertently knocked the ball past his own keeper and into the path of Adebayor for Spurs’ second, and failed to ever really convince in the face of the hosts’ rampant attack.

  • Carlos Javier Cuéllar
    5
    27
    2.50

    Carlos Javier Cuéllar Flop of the Match

    Never got a handle on the irrepressible Bale at right-back, and replaced by Bannan as his side chased the game with just under half an hour to go.

  • Stilian Petrov
    6
    12
    3.00

    Stilian Petrov

    The only member of the Villa midfield who played with any authority, the Bulgarian nevertheless failed to stem the flow of passes from Modric and Parker out to the flanks.

  • Chris Herd
    5
    14
    3.00

    Chris Herd

    A dangerous cross for Bent at the start of the second half was the only meaningful contribution of a committed but laboured display.

  • Darren Bent
    3
    22
    3.00

    Darren Bent

    A decent header at the beginning of the second half was the only opportunity he was given to test Friedel. Anonymous, but not much he could do about it.

  • Gabriel Agbonlahor
    9
    18
    3.00

    Gabriel Agbonlahor

    His searing pace in the channels was the only thing which particularly worried Spurs, but he generally found himself running into blind alleys with little to show for his effort.

  • Emile Heskey
    8
    14
    3.00

    Emile Heskey

    Lost a surprising number of his aerial battles and showed a familiar lack of confidence in the penalty area when played through by Agbonlahor in the first half.

Substitutions

  • Barry Bannan
    6
    10
    3.00

    Barry Bannan

    Introduced some much-needed guile into Villa’s play when brought on with 30 minutes to go, but he proved incapable of finding a killer pass.

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