Spurs defeat Villa and get winning PL form back on track

After a fantastic midweek victory over NS Mura that seemed to lift the spirits of Spurs players and fans alike, Nuno’s men double down and claim an incredibly important win against Aston Villa.

Why was this win so important? Because it marked the end of a three-game losing streak in the Premier League for Tottenham Hotspur. Every team goes through a bad spell at some point during the season, is it not somewhat beneficial that Spurs got theirs out of the way early?

A determined and deserved Tottenham performance

The win was grueling and deserved. The performances, particularly of Lucas Moura, Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, and of course, Heung-Min Son were impressive.

Whilst Tottenham headed into the match following a string of losses, it was quite the opposite for the travelling Birmingham side. Aston Villa had won their previous two matches, the latter, against Cristiano Ronaldo’s headstrong Manchester United. Away. It is safe to say Villa were up for running a riot in North London to secure 9 successive points on the bounce.

As the Lilywhites walked out the atmosphere in the ground was tense. Fans were desperate to see a performance that remedied their recent form. And that is exactly what they got. Within the first 20 minutes, you could see the Spurs men were not there to mess about.

The midweek hattrick had ignited something within Harry Kane, who almost scored a wonder goal as the English lion spotted Emiliano Martinez off his line with a quick free-kick.

The first goal came from a lovely bit of interplay between Son and Hojbjerg. The Dane, being the menace of midfield that he is, won play back for spurs before lending the ball to Son. The ball was returned and Hojbjerg slotted it home with aplomb.

Spurs took the lead…twice

Although Aston Villa came out after half time raring to go, Oliver Skipp seemed more up for the fight. The young Spurs superstar registered a crucial clearance to prevent Danny Ings from levelling the score after the break.

The equaliser came from the feet of Ollie Watkins after 68 minutes of play. Target drove a low cross into the box for Villa’s number 11 to turn it in with ease.

Circa 4 minutes later and this would not stand for Heung-Min Son. The Korean burst down the left wing and propelled an almighty cross into the penalty area, which Lucas Moura forced the Villa defender to put behind his own keeper.

It could have been three or four if Harry Kane had his shooting boots on; he missed a couple of chances as the game drew to a close. Lo Celso came off the bench with a chance to double the deficit but Spurs managed to hang in and clinch three much-needed points.

Tottenham Hotspur, alongside the rest of the Premier League, will have a two-week hiatus as the players head to their respective nations for the international break.

Nuno can take heed of this victory and plan for better matches when the league resumes. Despite his 20-minute hat-trick in the Europa Conference League, Harry Kane is still yet to register a goal in this Premier League campaign. This is now his longest goalless streak since 2015-16. Let’s hope Harry can find his mojo on the international field and brings home a sprinkle of goal-scoring form on his return!

The Spurs starting lineup

GK

H. Lloris

DEF

E. Royal
C. Romero
E. Dier
S. Reguilon

MDF

E. Hojbjerg
O. Skipp
T. Ndombele
L. Moura
H. Son

FWD

H. Kane

The manager’s thoughts

After the game, Spurs manager, Nuno Espirito Santo claimed that,

“We needed a win, but it was a well-deserved win. We had a good match against tough opponents. It’s important for us, the boys and the fans. We reacted well after conceding and positive in a lot of ways…Many times we conceded and go flat but this time the team did well. We missed chances to kill the game. All the players did well, we have talented players and when they are confident, they are unstoppable.”

What’s next for Spurs?

Spurs have four away games in a row after the international break. They will travel to the North East to play Newcastle on the 17th of October, before going further afield to play Vitesse in the Europa Conference League on the 21st of October.

Tottenham will next play at home on the 30th of October when they welcome Manchester United. If you’d like to see how Cristiano Ronaldo fairs against the Lilywhites, you can pick up your VIP tickets starting from £249. It’s to say this is an unmissable fixture.