'We knew the goals would come' - Vertonghen confident of victory over Aston Villa despite goalless first half

The Belgian has faith that Spurs would beat the West Midlands side despite not breaking the deadlock until after half-time as he has faith in the attacking options at the club
Tottenham defender Jan Vertonghen insists him and his team-mates "knew the goals would come" after eventually running out 4-0 winners over Aston Villa.

Despite dominating proceedings Spurs went into the break goalless against the struggling Villans, with Jermain Defoe and Gareth Bale being thwarted by Brad Guzan in the hosts’ goal.

However, the deadlock was soon broken after the interval through the striker before Bale notched a hat-trick to complete the rout, and Vertonghen believes it was only a matter of time before Spurs made the breakthrough.

"We had an amazing first half and dominated for 45 minutes but unfortunately, no goals,” the defender told the club’s official website.

"We knew the goals would come. We struggled a little for five minutes in the second half but after that we played well again. We just needed that first goal.

"We felt confident. Every player in our team can score and we knew if we continued to play our game, we would get there in the end."

Bale’s treble was his first in the Premier League, and first since his hat-trick at the San Siro against Inter in the Champions League.

And Vertonghen hailed the Welshman’s “lethal” instinct in front of goal after he took his goal tally to nine in 16 Premier League outings.

“[Bale] was amazing. His left foot is lethal. There were good assists in there as well but you know if he’s in front of goal with his left foot it’s 80 per cent a goal."