Premier League

  • 45’ H. Kane
  • 48’ H. Kane
0 Half Time 1
Premier League
Villa Park
Attendance 32,393


    • KICK OFF
    • 45'
    • 90'
    • 90'
      There will be three minutes added on at the end of this match.
    • 0'
      That's all for our live coverage from Villa Park. Goodbye!
    • 0'
      Goals on either side of half-time from Harry Kane see Spurs move to within two points of leaders Leicester, dealing a massive blow to the Villans' hopes of survival. Remi Garde's side did provide a bit of a late shock as they struck the frame of the goal three times, but that aside it was one of the
    • 0'
      Harry Kane's goal just minutes before the break has alleviated Tottenham's frustrations as Villa are finally broken down in Birmingham. It couldn't have come at a better time for Spurs, while the resolve of Remi Garde's side will be tested now in the second half. How will they respond to falling beh
    • 0'
      Mauricio Pochettino makes wholesale changes following their defeat to Dortmund, as he reverts back to a full-strength squad. Kyle Walker and Danny Rose come into the team as Spurs continue to rotate their full-backs. Eric Dier and Mousa Dembele are reinstated in midfield, pushing Tom Carroll and Rya
    • 0'
      Remi Garde makes three changes from their defeat to Manchester City as desperation starts to set in for the hosts. Carles Gil comes into attack to replace Gabby Agbonlahor, joining another fresh face in Rudy Gestede, as an extra defender drops out of the line-up in Micah Richards. Jores Okore also c
    • 0'
      SUBS: Son, Mason, Vorm, Trippier, Chadli, Carroll, Davies.
    • 0'
      TOTTENHAM (4-2-3-1): Lloris; Walker, Alderweireld, Wimmer, Rose; Dier, Dembele; Lamela, Eriksen, Alli; Kane.
    • 0'
      SUBS: Richards, Clark, Bacuna, Sinclair, Green, Bunn, Lyden.
    • 0'
      ASTON VILLA (4-3-3): Guzan; Hutton, Okore, Lescott, Cissokho; Veretout, Gueye, Westwood; Gestede, Gil, Ayew.
    • 0'
    • 0'
      Aston Villa are headed down without so much as a whimper. They were indifferent and languid as Manchester City ran them out of town last weekend, but despite their precarious position at the bottom of the table – nine points from safety – Remi Garde remains curiously optimistic. The Frenchman cited
    • 0'
      Pochettino’s decision to rest many of his first-team regulars for their trip to Dortmund midweek is the perfect example of the chauvinistic nature which exists in the Premier League today – a microcosm for the recent struggles of English sides in Europe. Spurs were more concerned with a fixture with
    • 0'
      Hello and welcome to live coverage of Tottenham’s trip to Birmingham to take on Aston Villa, in a clash between two teams at opposite end of the Premier League spectrum. Spurs’ margin for error in the title race is deteriorating by the week. Dropping points against 10-man Arsenal last weekend could
    • 1'
      And we're off!
    • 3'
      Lively start to proceedings as errors at each end lead to half-chances for both teams. The first goal is this game is going to be absolutely crucial, especially from a Villa perspective, as they've been known to collapse recently after falling behind. Mentally they are in a very fragile state.
    • 5'
      OFF THE BAR! Lamela springs Kane behind the Villa defence and the striker is always expected to score, but Guzan does very well to get off his line and pressure the shot. The striker tries to chip the keeper, but his effort rattles off the bar before going behind!
    • 7'
      STAT: Harry Kane has scored 16 goals in his last 20 Premier League appearances for Tottenham, two more than Aston Villa (14) have in their last 20 Premier League games.
    • 9'
      There's a real sense of determination in this Tottenham team today. They're dominating in possession and causing Villa all sorts of problems at the back. The hosts need to ride out this early surge and enjoy some time of their own on the ball, or this could prove to be a long afternoon for them.
    • 11'
      Villa are looking capable in attack, but their looks have been very limited through the first 10 minutes. Hutton plays Veretout down the right and the Frenchman's pull-back for Gestede is inviting, but the big striker can't sort his footing to thrust it towards goal.
    • 13'
      You can really get a sense of what this game means to both teams. Their reasoning for needing the points may differ, but it's importance is equally high. A defeat would pretty much guarantee Villa are headed to the Championship, while a similar fate for Spurs would be detrimental to their title hope
    • 15'
      Lovely display of determination from the hosts as they chase the ball down in attack, winning it back on a couple of occasions. It's enough to get this crowd going, as the fans are now fully behind their team, cheering them forward and hoping to spark the upset.
    • 17'
      DECENT EFFORT! Eriksen tried his luck earlier, to no avail, and tries to make amends for with another strike from distance. This one is hit much better, swerving away from Guzan from 30-yards out, but it drifts just beyond the far post.
    • 19'
      STAT: Spurs have lost none of their last eight trips to Villa Park in all competitions (W6, D2).
    • 21'
      There's a sense of belief growing in the Villa side as they enjoy more and more possession in the attacking half. Much like the Norwich v Manchester City game yesterday, there's a growing sense that it's going to be more difficult on Spurs to find a breakthrough than would have been anticipated at t
    • 23'
      OUTSTANDING SAVE! It's a terrific delivery from Rose, who makes an excellent run down the left to provide a bit of width before picking out Kane in the centre, but the striker's first-time effort is kept out by the trailing leg of Guzan!
    • 25'
      Villa are insistent on building down the flanks and whipping crosses in for Gestede to attack. They're getting into good spaces on the flank but the quality of the balls into the box has left plenty to be desired.
    • 27'
      A bit selfish from Kane! Tottenham break on a counter and have numbers on the break. Kane sprints into the area from the left and has both Lamela and Alli crying out for a pass, but opts to go for goal himself from a near-impossible angle - and Guzan was never threatened by it.
    • 29'
      STAT: Aston Villa's 16-point tally after 29 games this season is the third lowest at this stage of a Premier League season, but Leicester City only had three points more (19) at this stage last term and finished 14th.
    • 31'
      HOW HAS THAT STAYED OUT?! Walker has acres of space on the right as he's allowed to waltz into the area uncontested. He lays a pass across for Lamela who stabs an effort off the post. It bounces back off Guzan and towards goal, but Hutton is on hand to clear it off the line!
    • 33'
      It's starting to open up quite a bit as both sides commit bodies forward into attack. The game has become stretched which is making for some excellent viewing, but from a Villa perspective they need to do a lot better to turn these attacks into clear-cut chances - but they're certainly going for it.
    • 35'
      Tottenham have the slightest bit of frustration starting to build. Results haven't gone their way over the last few matches and there's a growing concern that this is going to be one of those days where all the bounces go against them. They could be two or three goals in front right now, but that's
    • 37'
      Walker and Rose are getting forward to great effect. Villa need to get a bit more help out wide for their full-backs because they're making it too easy on Spurs to create, and putting a lot of pressure on their two centre-halves to win the ball in the air.
    • 39'
      SAVED ON THE LINE! Fractions away from taking the lead, are Villa, as Gil's free-kick from the left is met by the head of Gestede. The striker sends a thumping header at goal, but it's a bit too central as Lloris is able to just keep it out!
    • 41'
      STAT: Tottenham's next away defeat in the Premier League will be their 200th - only Newcastle United (201) have lost more on the road before this weekend.
    • 43'
      Westwood requires some treatment as his ankle is caught by the studs of Dembele. It was accidental, but it's still enough for Anthony Taylor to award a free-kick and bring play to a halt as he invites the training staff onto the pitch to have a look.
    • 45'
      G H. Kane Assist D. Alli
    • 45'
      Wonderful presence of mind from Alli to sense Villa had switched off and take the free-kick quickly, playing Kane through.
    • 45'
      THERE'S THE BREAKTHROUGH! Spurs switch on at the stroke of half-time as they take a free-kick quickly. Alli springs Kane behind the defence far too easily and the striker punishes a finish into the far corner. Excellent finish, that.
    • 46'
      Back underway at Villa Park!
    • 47'
      EVERYTHING IS BLOCKED! Shaky start to the half from Spurs as Villa get on the front foot and generate a mad scramble in the box. They get into a number of shooting positions, but Spurs get bodies in front of everything before Veretout's effort is finally kept out rather easily by Lloris.
    • 48'
      G H. Kane Assist D. Alli
    • 48'
      Alli registers his second assist of the afternoon with that delivery.
    • 48'
      WELL THAT SHOULD WRAP IT UP! Not just the game, but the season for Aston Villa, who are destined for the Championship. Alli's low cross from the left finds its way through for Kane who pokes a wonderful finish into the top corner past an unsuspecting Guzan!
    • 50'
      STAT: Aston Villa have not won in 35 games when they concede the first goal.
    • 52'
      This is a horror scene on repeat for Villa. They fall behind and utterly crumble as a team. It's not a characteristic of a side destined for success, and we can see how that translates with their position in the Premier League table. You could hear a pin drop at the moment at Villa Park.
    • 54'
      It's shaping up to be a case of how many, for Tottenham, as Villa start to sit back and let Spurs come at them. There's no fight in this side anymore, as they clearly have accepted their fate. It's a shame to see their Premier League life end this way.
    • 56'
      The tempo has slowed drastically and it has become quite dull as Tottenham pass the ball around without any urgency in midfield. Villa aren't showing any intent of chasing the ball down, but out of nowhere the fans get on their feet and applaud their side. It's a terrific show of appreciation.
    • 58'
      THUNDEROUS STRIKE! Walker is sprung down the right as Ayew doesn't show any interest in tracking the run of the full-back. He actually stops running and puts his head down. Walker takes advantage of the time and space, sending a ferocious strike at goal, but Guzan is on hand to beat it away.
    • 60'
      STAT: Tottenham have conceded just 12 goals in 14 Premier League away games this season, but kept just three clean sheets.
    • 62'
      SI A. Green SO D. Alli
    • 62'
      Aston Villa give a Premier League debut to 17-year-old forward Andre Green, who replaces Veretout. It's a clear sign of what Villa are playing for at the moment - the 2016/17 season.
    • 64'
      Villa aren't showing any ability to get out of their own end and keep the ball for more than a few seconds. Spurs aren't even pressing that hard to win it back, it's just all very poor from Villa's perspective.
    • 66'
      Spurs have a midweek fixture against Dortmund looming at the Lane, and it will be very interesting to see how they approach it. They got it all wrong on Thursday, and have dug quite a hole, but you have to wonder if they will try and turn it around in London with a very winable home fixture against
    • 68'
      Play stops, although based on the tempo over the last five minutes it's hardly much of a drop-off, as Rose requires a bit of attention from the medical staff. He seems to have aggravated his ankle, but it's not looking like enough to force him off, either.
    • 70'
      SI S. Sinclair SO D. Alli
    • 70'
      Villa's second change sees Scott Sinclair replace Carles gil. Perhaps the ex-City winger can provide a bit of directness and pace in attack as Villa try to claw their way back into the game - or at lease make for a nervy ending.
    • 72'
      STAT: Tottenham Hotspur have lost just one of their last 13 Premier League away games (W7, D5, L1)
    • 74'
      A Villa goal would make for an exciting finish, but that doesn't even appear a remote possibility at this point. There's such little quality in this Villa team right now and Remi Garde can do little about that. It's one of the most comfortable two-goal leads you will ever see.
    • 76'
      This is resembling what you would see on the training ground, as Spurs are afforded time and space to pass the ball around in the attacking half and break down this Villa defence. The visitors aren't too eager to add to their lead, though, or this could have been much worse for the hosts.
    • 78'
      SI T. Carroll SO D. Alli
    • 78'
      Spurs make their first change with a little over 10 minutes remaining. Eriksen gets a deserved breather as Tom Carroll comes on in his stead.
    • 80'
      Tottenham will move to within two points of Leicester with the win today, though the Foxes can restore the five-point gap when they host Newcastle tomorrow. Spurs take on Bournemouth next, but it gets tricky after that as they have dates at Anfield, home to Manchester United, at Stoke and away to Ch
    • 82'
      STAT: This is Villa's 20th league defeat of the season, equalling their previous worst tally of Premier League defeats in a single season (set in both of the past two years). They still have eight matches remaining in the campaign, though.
    • 84'
      INCREDIBLE HOW THAT HAS STAYED OUT! It's a remarkable run from Ayew who charges into the area along the end line and beats Lloris at the near post, but sees his effort smack off the woodwork. The rebound comes out for Gestede, and it really is a sitter for the striker, but he smacks it off the under
    • 86'
      Spurs make their second change as Alli is replaced by Ryan Mason. It's mop-up duty for the substitute here, but it could have been a very different role for him had Villa taken their latest chance.
    • 87'
      SI R. Mason SO D. Alli
    • 88'
      VILLA MISS ANOTHER SITTER! Gestede gets on the end of a corner, which he flicks on towards the far post. Lescott arrives to meet it, with Lloris stranded, but he sends it off the post and behind! It's quite remarkable to think that this game could actually be level has Villa not missed two sitters!
    • 90'
      SI N. Chadli SO D. Alli
    • 90'
      Chadli replaces Lamela as Pochettino tries to run a bit more clock off as Tottenham show a few signs of vulnerability.

    Line Up




    Dean Smith
    José Mourinho



    Possession 0% 0%
    Effective Chances 0 0
    Shots on Target 0 0
    Turnovers 0 0


    Passes 0 0
    Passing Accuracy 0% 0%
    Passing Accuracy in opponent’s half 0% 0%
    Crosses 0 0
    Crossing accuracy 0% 0%


    Shots 0 0
    Shots outside the box 0 0
    Shots inside the box 0 0
    Shooting accuracy 0% 0%


    Tackles 0 0
    Effective Tackles 0% 0%
    Blocked Shots 0 0
    Clearances 0 0
    Saves 0 0


    Fouls Conceded 6 7
    Yellow Cards 0 0
    Red Cards 0 0
    Offsides 0 0

    Connect with The World Game

    • Subscribe
    • App
    • Follow
    • Listen
    • Watch