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Tottenham Hotspurs
2 - 0
Aston Villa

White Hart Lane


Attendance: 35 802


Despite some good pressing and passing play from Villa, Paul Lambert's side paid the price for not taking their chances in front of goal. For 58 minutes Villa completed well, only to inevitably concede ground once the home side had taken the lead.

It was Tottenham that threatened first, creating chances in the first five minutes with Gareth Bale profitable down the left. Jermaine Defoe found himself at the end of the best of these opportunities, only to blaze the ball over the bar.

The most controversial incident of the half again involved Bale, who was played through on the right. With Bennett nowhere to be seen it was left to American keeper Guzan to dash out his box to clear the ball. Bale, in full view of the lines man, clearly dived in an attempt to get the Villa keeper booked, with the latter having pulled out of the challenge. No card was shown to Bale to the ire of the visiting fans who pulled no punches in telling the Spurs wide man exactly what they thought of his theatrics.

Gabby Agbonlahor perhaps had the best of Villa's first half chances. Having been played through by the energetic Holman, he was unable to touch the ball passed a scrambling Lloris who took the ball from his feet.

Villa picked up where they left of in the second half creating two clear cut chances for Belgian international Benteke. The first came as the result of a Gabriel Agbonlahor cross. His low ball found Benteke alone in space just inside the eighteen yard box. Benteke's shot was poor, a tame effort aimed down the middle and straight at Lloris. His second chance could only be described as a sitter. A poor throw out from the French goal keeper -performing on his Spurs league debut- was collected by Villa, Albrighton sending an inviting cross back toward the towering Benteke who headed just wide from eight yards out. A talent he may be, but at this level such chances have to be taken and I'm sure Lambert wasted no time in telling him so after the game.

Villa were inevitably made to pay for missing their game changing chances. A Spurs corner was met by Defoe, his far post shot deflecting in off Caulker for Spurs first goal of the game. It was perhaps unlucky on Villa though the marking was not good. This was unfortunate as Villa's defensive work was largely good throughout.

The introduction of Bent and Nzogbia did nothing to change the sway of the game. Indeed, Spurs did not need to wait long for their second. The tricky Aaron Lennon, who gave Joe Bennett a difficult time down the right side of midfield, was able to take the ball past the Villa left back, slot a fine shot into the far corner nine minutes later.

It could have been 3-0 to the home side had Clint Dempsey headed home what was a point blank header.

Bennett's afternoon then got worse when he suffered a gash to the leg after colliding with advertising hoardings. Villa, having already made their final substitution with the introduction of Bannan were forced to play the last 15 minutes with ten men.

Despite good interplay and hard work, Villa once gain lacked the game plan or the drive to come from behind in an away league game, conceding territory and chances. Had Benteke taken either of his gilt edged chances it could have been a different result for a much improved Villa side who are still learning to play the right way and the right way together. However, they will need to learn quickly for the Premier League is no proving ground and will punish errors and missed chances quickly.

Star Player

Starman: Holman

Room for improvement: Benteke

Date:Monday October 8 2012
Time: 10:27AM

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Difficult to defend Bale over what appeared to be an obvious and embarassing dive.... but here goes! Bale has been hurt so often over the last two seasons, with clubs lining up players to foul him in turn, that he started to anticipate the foul and jump clear in order to avoid injury. Whatever the reason that he went down on Sunday, he has gained a bad reputation for diving which will be difficult to shift. I think we'd all agree, though, that these problems could be sorted if we had consistent refereeing.
08/10/2012 10:48:00
Yes we should have consistent refereeing to get diving out of the game. Equally we need referees and the authorities to act more harshly against the assassins who target gifted players like Bale. Get rid of the cynical fouls and the diving will decrease. COYS
08/10/2012 11:03:00
If players would stop CHEATING! and thats what it was it would be a lot easer for referees to be consistent ......fact!!!!!
paul muldrew
08/10/2012 11:45:00
Spot on paul. Back to the report though, If you want a good chance of chances being taken, we have a certain Mr Darren Bent on the bench who should be starting. You know it makes sense.........
Pride of Lions
08/10/2012 12:11:00
Bennett did not collide with the hoardings, he went down heavily on his knee just inside the blue ***** they have all around their pitch - in fact the commentators thought he might have twisted the knee.
08/10/2012 12:15:00
If referees acted on the foul when players stayed on their feet, they wouldn't feel the need to "go down easily". The FA could tackle this if they wanted by instructing referees to award the fouls regardless of whether the players go down or whether it is inside or outside the box. They should also consistently issue cards for unsporting behaviour if a player dives and appeals for the foul, likewise if they persistently appeal for corners/ throw-ins that they know they are not entitled to. It's all cheating!
08/10/2012 12:17:00
They should start giving players match bans for blatant dives like the Bale and Suarez dives at the weekend... Three match ban for blatant disrespectful dives from there they can work on other things...
08/10/2012 12:40:00
thing is, whichever player (we used to have it with Ash Young) it is just not acceptable and they should do a video panel the day after and fine them. Not just Bale this horrible new(ish) trend.
The Fear
08/10/2012 13:43:00
For all those who say Bent wouldve scored this and Bent wouldve scored that....dont forget that Twitchy Harry once said " my misses couldve put that in " after Bent missed a tap in. Bent is a good finisher but not deadly.
08/10/2012 14:42:00
Well overall Spurs deserved to win the game yes Benteke missed chances but we were overun in the second half trying to deal with there pace, we may get relegated this season i fear, we just do not look strong norconsistant enough, once QPR Soton start stringing results together along with Reading and Wigan like they are all starting to we could be bottom three in the next month or so, Randy will need to splash cash in January or we go down.
08/10/2012 17:35:00
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