Paulinho, Emmanuel Adebayor and an own goal from Nathan Baker secured a comfortable win in what is likely to be Tim Sherwood's final game in charge at White Hart Lane
|VIEW FROM WHITE HART LANE
|By Tom Doyle
It’s the Europa League again for Tottenham after a comprehensive victory over Aston Villa.
Paulihno, an own goal from Nathan Baker and Emmanuel Adebayor gave the hosts an unassailable lead by the break, and despite an improvement from the visitors in the second half, it was a comfortable second 45 minutes for Spurs - so comfortable , in fact, that Tim Sherwood even welcomed one fan into the dugout near the end and adorned him with a trademark gilet.
Sherwood may not be around next season to guide Spurs through Europe, but he's done his job, and on the evidence of today, he’s certainly enjoyed it.
Paulinho opened the scoring in what is likely to be Tim Sherwood’s final game in charge at White Hart Lane, while Nathan Baker’s own goal and Emmanuel Adebayor’s penalty put Tottenham in a commanding lead by half time.
The victory ensured Sherwood’s side finished in sixth, five points ahead of Manchester United but 10 behind Arsenal, who occupy the final Champions League spot.
Defeat means Paul Lambert’s men end their season on 38 points while the Scot’s future remains unclear with Randy Lerner, Villa’s owner, set to announce a decision over whether he will sell the club next week.
Tottenham started brightly and Brad Guzan was forced into action early on to deny Harry Kane on two separate occasions.
The hosts found a way past the American after 14 minutes as Gylfi Sigurdsson's pass was flicked into the path of Paulinho by Kane and the Brazilian slotted home at the second attempt.
Despite falling behind, Villa showed no appetite to draw level and found themselves two goals down in the 35th minute as Baker knocked Danny Rose's drilled cross past Guzan.
Three minutes later, Gabriel Agbonlahor made his side's position even worse as he blatantly blocked a shot inside the area with his elbow and Adebayor smashed in the resulting penalty.
With victory effectively secured by half-time, Spurs appeared rather more relaxed in the second half and Fabian Delph almost pulled one back in the 57th minute, but he fired wide from range.
Villa continued to see more of the ball than before the break, but still they struggled to craft many chances of note as Spurs remained solid at the back.
Sherwood's reportedly fractious relationship with Sandro has lingered throughout his time in charge, but neither showed any sign of ill-feeling as the Brazilian was replaced just after the hour mark.
Villa recorded their first shot on target in the 82nd minute as Delph tried his luck from distance but Hugo Lloris easily collected and Spurs claimed the three points to secure sixth, while their visitors end the season 15th.