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.
Read the game well, made some important interceptions and kept a close rein on Soldado.
The late replacement for Clark started well but got pulled out of position too often for comfort in the second half.
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.
Kept Sigurdsson and Lennon quiet, and provided the cross of the game from the right only for Benteke to head over.
K. El Ahmadi
Combative and energetic but offered little going forward and was subbed in the second half.
The most effective of Villa's central-midfield trio. His touch, technique and dribbling stood out.
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.
Looked anything but a £7m striker as he struggled to make an impression in the lone spearhead role. Replaced by Benteke after an hour.
The most menacing of the Villa attackers. Carried the ball forward at every opportunity and
His energy and persistence were always a threat. Came close to drawing Villa level with a snapshot from the edge of the box.
Made a fine save from a Westwood free kick but otherwise had little to do. His distribution was consistently excellent.
Impressive Premier League debut from the centre-back. Looked comfortable on the ball and strong in the air.
Made up for his technical deficiencies with strong leadership and communication.
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.
Did not bomb forward too often but defended solidly.
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.
Anonymous in the first half but was more effective after the break, when Villa gave him more space to operate in.
A powerful display in his first league start of the season. Dominated in the air and his clean tackling helped the visitors keep control.
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.
Had little joy on the left flank. Replaced by Lennon after 65 minutes.
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.
Replaced Agbonlahor late on but made little impression.
Made little impression after replacing El Ahmadi.
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.