Many thanks to Declan Mulcahy for this report:-
Saturday 13 May 2023, 3:00pm
Aston Villa (1) 2 Tottenham Hotspur (0) 1
Douglas Luiz, 72
Kane, 90 pen
Aston Villa (4-4-2):
1 E Martínez; 18 A Young, 4 E Konsa, 5 T Mings, 15 A Moreno; 31 L Bailey (44 B Kamara 68), 7 J McGinn (c), 6 Douglas Luiz, 41 J Ramsey; 10 E Buendía (22 J Durán 68), 11 O Watkins (2 M Cash 90+1)
Subs not used:- 25 R Olsen, 3 Diego Carlos, 16 C Chambers, 27 L Digne, 32 L Dendoncker, 9 B Traoré
Booked:- McGinn (23 foul on Kane), Young (89 dissent), Watkins (90+1 time-wasting)
Tottenham Hotspur (3-4-3):
20 F Forster; 12 Emerson Royal, 17 C Romero, 34 C Lenglet; 23 P Porro (16 A Danjuma 81), 4 O Skipp (38 Y Bissouma 61), 5 P-E Højbjerg, 33 B Davies (14 I Perisic 90); 9 Richarlison (21 D Kulusevski 62), 10 H
Kane (c), 7 H-M Son
Subs not used: 40 B Austin, 6 D Sánchez, 29 P Sarr, 51 Matthew Craig, 27 Lucas Moura
Booked:- Skipp (53 foul on Bailey), Kane (73 dissent), Romero (80 foul on McGinn)
Villa Park, Attendance: 42,164
Referee:- Peter Bankes
Assistants:- Eddie Smart, Nick Greenhalgh
Fourth official:- Anthony Taylor
VAR:- Jarred Gillett
Assistant VAR:- Timothy Wood.
Spurs Succumb to Familiar Failings
Thanks to Greg Smith for this image
Spurs conceded a goal in the eighth minute and were generally poor in
the first half. Not for the first time this left a mountain which was
too high to climb in the second half. Today’s early goal was the
seventh goal conceded in the first nine minutes of the last five
league games. This is a shocking statistic for a club which aims to be
a member of the top six Premier League clubs as a minimum.
Tottenham were unchanged after their 1-0 victory over Crystal Palace.
Eric Dier missed the game through injury. Leon Bailey replaced
Bertrand Traore for the only change from Aston Villa’s 1-0 defeat at
Villa completely dominated the first half. Spurs didn’t have a shot, never mind one on target.
Villa scored with the first attack of the game. Bailey progressed down
the right into the box. He cut the ball back towards the centre where
Ramsey scored with a shot through a crowded box into the right corner
of the net. Villa had lost the last two games 1-0. No side managed by
Emery had failed to score in three consecutive matches since Almeria
in 2007 and there was no danger of that being equalled today.
Shortly after the goal a McGinn cross looked dangerous but landed on
top of the net. Villa had three consecutive corners but couldn’t make
Just after the 30-minute mark Watkins should have increased their lead
but Forster made a fine diving save to deny him. A minute later the
same player could have been through again but Emerson Royal
intercepted the pass. Then Royal tackled Watkins in the box. Villa
appealed for a penalty but it was never going to be given.
With five minutes remaining in the half Moreno crossed from the left
but Watkins just failed to connect with the ball. Villa had another
attempt when Skipp lost possession but Buendia hit the bar.
Spurs must have been mightily relieved to go in at the break only 0-1
The opening minutes of the second half continued in the same way.
Romero had to make a sliding tackle to stop Ramsey. Forster then made
another save from Buendia.
Spurs' first effort on target in the game came after 52 minutes.
Douglas Luiz was caught in possession. Hojberg collected the ball and
set Kane up on the left of the box. It was a goal scoring opportunity
but Martinez went to ground to save the shot.
It wasn’t surprising when Ryan Mason elected to make two substitutions
after an hour with Kulusevski and Bissouma replacing Richarlison and
Skipp. Spurs performance improved in the aftermath of the changes.
Bissouma immediately put Son in the clear. His shot was too high but
would have been ruled out for offside. Then Kulusevski unleashed one
of his trade-mark left-footed shots towards the far post which was
Emery then countered by replacing Bailey and Buendia with Kamara and
Duran which stemmed the tide somewhat.
After 71 minutes Romero just outside his own box tackled Watkins from
behind and was adjudged to have fouled him. Douglas Luiz hit a fine
free kick into the right corner of the net. Forster got a touch on the
ball but couldn’t keep it out. He could have done better. Kane was
booked for dissent after the goal. It was a key point in the match as
prior to that Spurs looked like they might draw level.
With ten minutes remaining Danjuma replaced Porro. Five minutes later
Kulusevski set Kane up towards the right of the goal. Kane reached the
ball and was then brought down by Martinez. The incident went to VAR.
It was confirmed that Kane was in possession when brought down. Then
it had to be checked if Kane was onside and this was confirmed. VAR
didn’t award the penalty but advised referee Peter Bankes to view the
pitch-side monitor. Finally about three minutes after the incident
happened the referee confirmed the penalty. Ashley Young was then
booked for dissent.
Kane then stepped up. He scored with a shot towards the right post and
Martinez dived the wrong way.
Could Spurs draw level? Villa responded immediately. They brought on a
defender Matty Cash for Ollie Watkins and reverted to a back five.
Watkins was booked for time-wasting as he departed. Spurs also made a
change with Ivan Perisic replacing Ben Davies.
Deep into time added on Son was through and put the ball in the net
but the goal was ruled out for offside. This was the third time in the
match that Son had been in the clear but was adjudged offside. The
first occasion was midway through the first half when he rounded
Martinez and then hit the post with a shot.
The Villa back four was very effective in using the offside trap
today. In addition to Son’s three attempts there were a couple of
occasions when Spurs appeared to have an opportunity but the offside
flag was raised.
Spurs can’t complain about the result today. They were poor in the
first half. The second half was better but not good enough to share
the points. Unai Emery hasn’t lost any of his five Premier League
games against Spurs.
Spurs remain in contention for qualification for the Europa League if
they can finish in sixth place. They will almost certainly need to win
the remaining two matches to achieve this. They have played the same
number of games as Villa and have a two-goal superior goal difference.
Brighton are only two points behind with a far greater goal difference
and three games in hand. However their remaining five matches are
Ryan Mason said: "We understand today was a big game [in terms of
qualifying for Europe] and I'm very disappointed with the outcome. But
we do have two games to put it right. Hopefully we can respond well
and put it right."
Emery Unai commented: "If we can play here against Brighton [on the
final day of the season] with the opportunity of getting into Europe,
it is my dream. We can be happy and excited about our position."
One area of concern is that Spurs are recording negative achievements
not seen since the first decade of the century. This was the ninth
away fixture in all competitions without a win. The last time this
happened was between May and December 2000 a thirteen-match sequence
when the ninth match was a 2-0 defeat at Villa Park.
This was Villa’s first league double over Spurs since the 1995-96 season.
Spurs have conceded 59 goals this season nineteen more than last
season and the most since 2007-2008 when they conceded 61 goals. That
total could be exceeded before the end of the season.
For most Spurs supporters the end of the season can’t come soon
enough. If Europa League qualification can be achieved it would be
some consolation after a season that started off with promise but has
· John Ellis tells it as it is from Villa Park.
· Squad numbers,appearances,bookings & goalscorers
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