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.
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.
His lightning pace meant he was able to join Lennon in tormenting Warnock down the right flank while still fulfilling his defensive duties.
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.
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.
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.
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.
R. 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.
Once again conducted the Spurs orchestra with fantastic grace and skill, always picking the right time to bring Bale and Lennon into the action.
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.
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.
Generally his reliable self, but guilty of a terrible lack of communication with Collins which led to Spurs’ second.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A dangerous cross for Bent at the start of the second half was the only meaningful contribution of a committed but laboured display.
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.
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.
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.
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.