Goal.com - Home

thumbnail Hello,
 
Played
October 7, 2012 10:00 AM EDT
White Hart Lane — London
Referee:‬ N. Swarbrick‎
Attendance:‬ 35802‎
 
 
67′ Aaron Lennon
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Tottenham 2-0 Aston Villa

Steven Caulker scored a deflected goal before the lively Aaron Lennon sealed the victory with an excellent run and shot as Spurs came out on top in the second half.

By Oliver Platt

  • Hugo Lloris
    16
    8
    3.00

    Hugo Lloris

    Generally assured on his Premier League debut, and was quick off his line to deny Agbonlahor a chance in the first half. A poor throw, however, gifted Albrighton a chance to cross for Benteke, who just missed.

  • Jan Vertonghen
    20
    4
    3.50

    Jan Vertonghen

    Solid defensively, composed on the ball and offered support to Bale down the left flank. Not his natural position but he is more than adequate cover.

  • William Gallas
    8
    7
    3.00

    William Gallas

    Composed and comfortable with the ball at his feet, but Benteke did find space to meet one or two crosses over the course of the match.

  • Kyle Walker
    12
    4
    3.00

    Kyle Walker

    Had a couple of issues in dealing with Agbonlahor but nothing that proved costly. Provided a great cross that Dempsey headed wide.

  • Steven Caulker
    11
    3
    3.00

    Steven Caulker

    Scored his first Tottenham goal, although he knew very little about it as the ball deflected off of his leg. Defended solidly and made an effort to bring the ball out of defense.

  • Aaron Lennon
    16
    6
    3.50

    Aaron Lennon Top of the Match

    As Bale faded, Lennon began to cause problems for left back Bennett. It seemed that the youngster had improved in his dealing with the winger but one burst of pace then allowed him to shoot through his marker's legs and beyond Guzan to all but seal the three points.

  • Gareth Bale
    11
    5
    3.00

    Gareth Bale

    Lively in the early stages, frequently causing Lowton problems, but the defender got to grips with the Welshman as the match wore on. Did provide the corner from which Tottenham took the lead, however.

  • Mousa Dembélé
    19
    3
    3.50

    Mousa Dembélé

    Never attacked too aggressively, preferring to sit back and allow Sandro to stretch his legs, but he did contribute some nice passes and flicks to spring attacks. Heavily closed down but the most influential central midfielder on the pitch.

  • Sandro
    12
    4
    3.00

    Sandro

    More free roaming than Dembele. Effective at restricting Villa's bursts forward and contributed once or twice with some decent passes and crosses in an attacking sense.

  • Clint Dempsey
    26
    8
    2.50

    Clint Dempsey

    Muted in the first half but improved in the second and laid on the pass from which Lennon scored. Not a great creative spark through the middle, however, and missed a great chance when he headed Walker's cross wide.

  • Jermain Defoe
    11
    7
    3.50

    Jermain Defoe

    Looked sharp, both when attacking the penalty area and coming deep to get the ball. Improved in the second half, too, and shot just wide from the edge of the box before his effort, after he had controlled Bale's corner carefully, deflected in off of Caulker's legs.

Substitutions

  • Gylfi Sigurdsson
    9
    4

    Gylfi Sigurdsson

    Had a couple of chances to break into the box after replacing Dempsey for the last few minutes but could not add to Tottenham's lead.

  • Andros Townsend
    8
    3

    Andros Townsend

    A late replacement for Lennon on the wing.

  • Emmanuel Adebayor
    19
    1
    3.00

    Emmanuel Adebayor

    Replaced Defoe in attack in the second half. He looked sharp and Tottenham looked more rounded up front after his introduction.

  • Bradley Guzan
    7
    1
    3.00

    Bradley Guzan

    Had little chance with either goal, with Defoe's shot deflected in by Caulker from point blank range and Lennon's second sweetly struck from 20 yards.

  • Ron Vlaar
    6
    1
    3.00

    Ron Vlaar

    Did a good job in keeping Dempsey and Defoe in front of the defence and at bay, but goals from a set-piece and from down one flank cost his team. Had a tougher time as the game became more stretched after Tottenham had taken the lead.

  • Ciaran Clark
    3
    1
    3.00

    Ciaran Clark

    A generally solid display, with Defoe mainly restricted to shots from in front of the Villa centre-backs, but his efforts were wasted when Lambert's team conceded from a corner.

  • Joseph Bennett
    2
    3
    2.50

    Joseph Bennett

    Had a mixed time against Lennon. Struggled initially, but seemed to be getting to grips with the winger before he then scored the second goal with a lightning fast run and shot. Injured and had to be stretchered off in the second half.

  • Matthew Lowton
    2
    1
    2.50

    Matthew Lowton

    Had a tough time with Bale early on but to his credit, the winger's influence waned as the first half wore on and did not increase too much after the break.

  • Karim El Ahmadi
    3
    3
    2.50

    Karim El Ahmadi

    Kept the ball well but often just looked overrun in central midfield, which may not have been entirely his own fault.

  • Marc Albrighton
    2
    1
    3.00

    Marc Albrighton

    Ran willingly and supplied a superb cross from which Benteke could, and really should, have given Villa the lead early in the second half.

  • Brett Holman
    1
    6
    2.00

    Brett Holman Flop of the Match

    Less of a presence than Albrighton and Agbonlahor in the positions supporting the striker. Struggled to get involved.

  • Fabian Delph
    4
    1
    2.50

    Fabian Delph

    Tried to combine with the Villa attacking midfielders but had little luck and was often crowded out in the centre of the park. Substituted shortly after the hour mark for N'Zogbia.

  • Gabriel Agbonlahor
    7
    0
    3.50

    Gabriel Agbonlahor

    A threat in an attacking midfield position. Was allowed to roam and Tottenham struggled to pick him up. Supplied the cross for Benteke's first good chance of the second half.

  • C. Benteke
    0
    4
    2.50

    C. Benteke

    Gets in all the right positions but could not find a finish. Had two good chances to give Villa the lead early in the second half, which weren't taken.

Substitutions

  • Charles N'Zogbia
    4
    1
    3.00

    Charles N'Zogbia

    Made a couple of dangerous-looking runs but could not produce anything that seriously troubled the Spurs defence.

  • Barry Bannan
    3
    1
    2.50

    Barry Bannan

    Came on as Villa changed shape but could not stem the flow of Tottenham attacks or produce much in an attacking sense. Moved to left-back after Bennett was injured.

  • Darren Bent
    4
    2
    2.50

    Darren Bent

    Barely touched the ball after joining Benteke in attack for the final 25 minutes.

Results
 
Player Ratings
Tournament
Position
Ranking
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
Luis Suárez Luis Suárez
Striker
Liverpool
30 0
Daniel Sturridge Daniel Sturridge
Striker
Liverpool
20 0
Yaya Touré Yaya Touré
Midfielder
Man City
18 6
Wayne Rooney Wayne Rooney
Striker
Man United
15 2
Sergio Agüero Sergio Agüero
Striker
Man City
15 0