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Aston Villa 1 - Tottenham Hotspur 1

Premiership

Villa Park

28/11/09 - 5.30pm

Attendance: 39,866

Referee: P. Dowd

Aston Villa
1 - 1
Tottenham Hotspur
Agbonlahor (9)
 
Dawson (77)
 
Venue: Villa Park
 
Attendance: 39,866
The Teams
Friedel
 
 
 
Gomes
 
 
Beye
 
 
 
Bassong
 
 
Dunne
 
 
 
Dawson
 
 
Cuellar
 
 
 
Corluka
 
 
L. Young
 
 
 
Assou-Ekotto
 
 
Milner
 
 
 
Huddlestone
 
 
Petrov
 
 
 
Lennon
 
 
Reo-Coker
 
 
70
 
Palacios
 
 
66
A. Young
 
 
 
Kranjcar
 
 
78
Carew
 
 
74
 
Crouch
 
 
Agbonlahor
 
 
 
Defoe
 
 
Substitutes
Guzan
 
 
 
Alnwick
 
 
Clark
 
 
 
Hutton
 
 
Sidwell
 
 
70
 
Bale
 
 
Downing
 
 
 
Bentley
 
 
Delph
 
 
 
Jenas
 
 
66
Gardner
 
 
 
Rose
 
 
Heskey
 
 
74
 
Keane
 
 
78
Game Statistics
12
Goal Attempts
21
4
On Target
16
7
Corners
8
10
Fouls
8
0
Yellow Cards
1
0
Red Cards
0
54
%
46
Comments...
Two points dropped sadly. We desperately needed the second, but hey I'm bored of saying the same thing every match.




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Writer: Mike Field Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Saturday November 28 2009

Time: 7:31PM

Your Comments

You had more possession than us? I find that stat unbelievable.
Yid_from_India
You had more possession than us? I find that stat unbelievable.
Yid_from_India
Fabricated stats we ripped you apart and totally dominated in the second half your wingers were playing like fullbacks and you had ten men behind the ball, Very very lucky you guys got a point. By the way where the fck are you all...do you have any fans...hahahahaha
cockeril
They can't be the right stats. We couldn't string two passes together in the second half. I thought in the second half we were poor. It got to the stage where we were just content to hoof away and wait for the next spurs attack. Lacked alot of composure. The ref was terrible too. Every decision was spurs way. Even the goal was dubious with a possible handball.
Ams78
They can't be the right stats. We couldn't string two passes together in the second half. I thought in the second half we were poor. It got to the stage where we were just content to hoof away and wait for the next spurs attack. Lacked alot of composure. The ref was terrible too. Every decision was spurs way. Even the goal was dubious with a possible handball.
Ams78
I would have taken a draw if you had offered it to me before the game.We Where not our usual selves especially in terms of passing partly due to your closing down. But i felt we could have won it in the end but i am not too disappointed with a draw. still players in the caliber of King,Woodgate and Modric to come into the side.but apart from the first 15-20 mins , i thought we where the better side.
Yid_from_India
I would have taken a draw if you had offered it to me before the game.We Where not our usual selves especially in terms of passing partly due to your closing down. But i felt we could have won it in the end but i am not too disappointed with a draw. still players in the caliber of King,Woodgate and Modric to come into the side.but apart from the first 15-20 mins , i thought we where the better side.
Yid_from_India
Ams78: It was not a handball. Even the commentators said it wasn't, and he hates Spurs. I don't care about the posession stats...the fact is, Villa was lucky to gain one point, and they knew...started wasting time early in the 2nd half :) Good game, and good luck to Villa! I we don't get to break up top four this year, I hope you or Citeh will :)
NorwaySpurs
Ams78: It was not a handball. Even the commentators said it wasn't, and he hates Spurs. I don't care about the posession stats...the fact is, Villa was lucky to gain one point, and they knew...started wasting time early in the 2nd half :) Good game, and good luck to Villa! I we don't get to break up top four this year, I hope you or Citeh will :)
NorwaySpurs
I found our performance just as shocking! lol Checked the OS and the Beeb and the stats married.
mike_field
I found our performance just as shocking! lol Checked the OS and the Beeb and the stats married.
mike_field
two points dropped sadly what the feck one point undeservedly gained i think your find we battered you just look at the on target attempts
norwichspur
two points dropped sadly what the feck one point undeservedly gained i think your find we battered you just look at the on target attempts
norwichspur
lucky villa
asherthesmasher
lucky villa
asherthesmasher
on another day at least 3 of them 16 chances would have been put away. or like last weeks 9. freidel was ur best player
pachna_spurs
on another day at least 3 of them 16 chances would have been put away. or like last weeks 9. freidel was ur best player
pachna_spurs
On another day though chaps we may have even turned up!
mike_field
On another day though chaps we may have even turned up!
mike_field
here you go, i got the real stats. Aston villa Spurs Shots(on goal) 13(1) 26(7) Fouls 13 10 Corners 7 9 Offsides 0 1 Time of possession 36% 64% Yellow cards 0 1 Red cards 0 0 Saves 0 0
Yid_from_India
here you go, i got the real stats. Aston villa Spurs Shots(on goal) 13(1) 26(7) Fouls 13 10 Corners 7 9 Offsides 0 1 Time of possession 36% 64% Yellow cards 0 1 Red cards 0 0 Saves 0 0
Yid_from_India
cant see many villa fans coming on here cos they have no case you were lucky end of
norwichspur
cant see many villa fans coming on here cos they have no case you were lucky end of
norwichspur
Martin O'Niel got his tactics spot on first half by starving Lennon and Defoe of space which forced us to play from the middle...which we couldn't! However I was surprised just how negative he got in the second half considering your strong home record, I think we were unlucky not to win in the end, Friedel and Cuellar were immense for you. Having said that I suspect we would have both taken a point at the start of play. Good luck for the rest of the season
Phartman87
Martin O'Niel got his tactics spot on first half by starving Lennon and Defoe of space which forced us to play from the middle...which we couldn't! However I was surprised just how negative he got in the second half considering your strong home record, I think we were unlucky not to win in the end, Friedel and Cuellar were immense for you. Having said that I suspect we would have both taken a point at the start of play. Good luck for the rest of the season
Phartman87
I think on the whole every Villa fan would feel they pinched a point and usualy they a good honest bunch.
cockeril
Just throwing it out there, conceded the goal as soon as Heskey came on the pitch
TheYank
Just throwing it out there, conceded the goal as soon as Heskey came on the pitch
TheYank
Funny stats!! check the espn website for the real ones.64% possesion to Spurs.
parklanebert
Funny stats!! check the espn website for the real ones.64% possesion to Spurs.
parklanebert
Think MON is very conscious of the quality of Spurs. Coming to the Lane last week enhanced his respect for our ability. His tactics was one of fear to hold on to what he had against a better team. Even with 5 men in midfield playing at home with a lead you were defending as early as the start of the 2nd half. Would have been an injustice if you had won.
RichmondSpur
Think MON is very conscious of the quality of Spurs. Coming to the Lane last week enhanced his respect for our ability. His tactics was one of fear to hold on to what he had against a better team. Even with 5 men in midfield playing at home with a lead you were defending as early as the start of the 2nd half. Would have been an injustice if you had won.
RichmondSpur
That might be true Richmond if the sad fact wasn't this is what we do every game - regardless of opposition quality.
mike_field
That might be true Richmond if the sad fact wasn't this is what we do every game - regardless of opposition quality.
mike_field
We literally dominated you. You were lucky to get a point. See you at the Lane. Please try not to put 10 men behind the ball again.
WhiteHartSpur
We literally dominated you. You were lucky to get a point. See you at the Lane. Please try not to put 10 men behind the ball again.
WhiteHartSpur
Totally Outplayed for 75mins, quite alarming at how we backed off with 10 men behind the ball in the 2nd half. It was spurs at home, not man u at old trafford. Plus points L Young marked lennon out the game, and defoe didnt get a kick. other than that we were ***** poor.
roehe
Totally Outplayed for 75mins, quite alarming at how we backed off with 10 men behind the ball in the 2nd half. It was spurs at home, not man u at old trafford. Plus points L Young marked lennon out the game, and defoe didnt get a kick. other than that we were ***** poor.
roehe
The more telling stat which reflects the real possession was that Spurs made more than double (400+) successful passes, Villa less than half that. If you talk about successful foreward passes to feet on the ground in the oppositions half then it would be Spurs 260 Villa 2 (my estimate). It was embarrassing the difference in ability to control the ball and play football on the deck. I know there are strengths to Villa's game, but an over dominance of hitting it high and down the flanks is just too predictable. Rio and Sidders will have some good games and some bad games by their own standards (like everyone does) but they are just not going to get any better than what we have already seen which is not good enough for a team with upwardly mobile ambitions. Delph, Downing , Albrighton and Bannan may taker us forward. I am sick of saying it and most Villa fans are sick of saying the same things over and over again. OK we are 5th which is great in many ways, but it is so frustrating that if we added a bit of midfield craft to the clear strengths we have elsewhere then we may take another step forward, but MON is stuck in his thinking and will not budge. There is no way we can improve on where we are now unless we get some more guile into midfield, and I think we already may have the players to do it onour books. If we sign somebody who is established with experience the standard we would attract will be no better than the guys we already pick. Barry was 17 when he became a fixture, so was Becham. Excite and shock me and introduce some crafters not grafters please please please.
stennyvilla
The more telling stat which reflects the real possession was that Spurs made more than double (400+) successful passes, Villa less than half that. If you talk about successful foreward passes to feet on the ground in the oppositions half then it would be Spurs 260 Villa 2 (my estimate). It was embarrassing the difference in ability to control the ball and play football on the deck. I know there are strengths to Villa's game, but an over dominance of hitting it high and down the flanks is just too predictable. Rio and Sidders will have some good games and some bad games by their own standards (like everyone does) but they are just not going to get any better than what we have already seen which is not good enough for a team with upwardly mobile ambitions. Delph, Downing , Albrighton and Bannan may taker us forward. I am sick of saying it and most Villa fans are sick of saying the same things over and over again. OK we are 5th which is great in many ways, but it is so frustrating that if we added a bit of midfield craft to the clear strengths we have elsewhere then we may take another step forward, but MON is stuck in his thinking and will not budge. There is no way we can improve on where we are now unless we get some more guile into midfield, and I think we already may have the players to do it onour books. If we sign somebody who is established with experience the standard we would attract will be no better than the guys we already pick. Barry was 17 when he became a fixture, so was Becham. Excite and shock me and introduce some crafters not grafters please please please.
stennyvilla
Good to see Reo-Coker back in the starting line-up, unfortunately wasn't as glad to see Beye start or Sidwell come on. (Delph, Downing or dare I say Gardner would have been a better bet.) The Carew/Heskey switch was totally unexpected ... NOT! Heskey did actually do OK when he came on (probably a 10/10 by his own low standards.) A positive must be, even though our fellow 'pretender' "played us off the park" after 90 mins, they were still no better off. Loving MO'N's post match comment BTW, "We will try & learn something from the game - maybe to try & get a 2nd goal when we are in charge."
StuLinney
Good to see Reo-Coker back in the starting line-up, unfortunately wasn't as glad to see Beye start or Sidwell come on. (Delph, Downing or dare I say Gardner would have been a better bet.) The Carew/Heskey switch was totally unexpected ... NOT! Heskey did actually do OK when he came on (probably a 10/10 by his own low standards.) A positive must be, even though our fellow 'pretender' "played us off the park" after 90 mins, they were still no better off. Loving MO'N's post match comment BTW, "We will try & learn something from the game - maybe to try & get a 2nd goal when we are in charge."
StuLinney
Roehe, others will soon realise if they are not already aware that Spurs possess a huge offensive threat. You had both Young's on Lennon and made sure you had a 3rd close by in an attempt to try and keep him contained. Yet he made a brilliant cross for Defoe to nearly score a deserved winner. While Defoe who you say didn't have a kick, had a brilliant effort following a flowing passing movement that just cleared the bar, He then manufactured a great shot for himself that went narrowly wide. I agree though you were outplayed.
RichmondSpur
Roehe, others will soon realise if they are not already aware that Spurs possess a huge offensive threat. You had both Young's on Lennon and made sure you had a 3rd close by in an attempt to try and keep him contained. Yet he made a brilliant cross for Defoe to nearly score a deserved winner. While Defoe who you say didn't have a kick, had a brilliant effort following a flowing passing movement that just cleared the bar, He then manufactured a great shot for himself that went narrowly wide. I agree though you were outplayed.
RichmondSpur
Our defence was outstanding, but then I guess they get a load of practice!!!!

Spuds for all you try to say, you could only manage a draw against a team who can't keep the ball for more than 30 seconds.

Anyway, just make sure we both beat liverpool again and we'll have a good chance of one of us cracking the top 4 and sending them into terminal decline when they don't get champ league money. Oh, and we'll beat Arsenal twice to help you along also! MON sort it! UTV
RiF
Our defence was outstanding, but then I guess they get a load of practice!!!!

Spuds for all you try to say, you could only manage a draw against a team who can't keep the ball for more than 30 seconds.

Anyway, just make sure we both beat liverpool again and we'll have a good chance of one of us cracking the top 4 and sending them into terminal decline when they don't get champ league money. Oh, and we'll beat Arsenal twice to help you along also! MON sort it! UTV
RiF
spurs are ****, and so were we.
benji_starsky_avfc
spurs are ****, and so were we.
benji_starsky_avfc
Spurs people... Keep it cool and don't brag. Although we played well we still didt win and we have a lot of games to play to stay top 4. COYS
taniban
Spurs people... Keep it cool and don't brag. Although we played well we still didt win and we have a lot of games to play to stay top 4. COYS
taniban
Richmondspur, whatever gloss you try to put on it, you did not win. Jesus, Heskey nearly scored against you. What is the point of outplaying a team if you can't win. Don't answer cos I can't be arsed to read it.
RiF
Richmondspur, whatever gloss you try to put on it, you did not win. Jesus, Heskey nearly scored against you. What is the point of outplaying a team if you can't win. Don't answer cos I can't be arsed to read it.
RiF
you know at the end of all this the score was 1-1. yes spurs are a good attacking side, yes villa need more creativity. but yes the score was 1-1. by the way, whats with the spurs contingent invading the site??
leftfoot
you know at the end of all this the score was 1-1. yes spurs are a good attacking side, yes villa need more creativity. but yes the score was 1-1. by the way, whats with the spurs contingent invading the site??
leftfoot
Rif, it may have escaped your attention my post was directed at Roehe, Not you.
RichmondSpur
Rif, it may have escaped your attention my post was directed at Roehe, Not you.
RichmondSpur
OK, well if I visit London can I stay at your place in Richmond?
RiF
OK, well if I visit London can I stay at your place in Richmond?
RiF
oh I thought I had been directed to Vital Spurs for a minute then! I'm not bothered who outplayed who, it was 1-1 and I should think both sets of fans would've been happy with that before the game.
jolf
oh I thought I had been directed to Vital Spurs for a minute then! I'm not bothered who outplayed who, it was 1-1 and I should think both sets of fans would've been happy with that before the game.
jolf
Oh how painful it is to not beat spurs. I can't stand when the creepy crawlers leave their skidmarks on our site. First half was genuinely entertaining on both sides. I thought both teams were pretty even and the 1 goal lead was deserved. Second half, I don't know what I was watching...Was it a MON tactic talk at halftime that caused us to hoof instead of playing the triangles on the ground, patiently waiting for an opening? Spurs definitely deserved the goal. I was crying on 60 mins for him to put Sidwell or Downing on and take off Carew to pack the midfield and protect the lead.
los_angeles_villan
Oh how painful it is to not beat spurs. I can't stand when the creepy crawlers leave their skidmarks on our site. First half was genuinely entertaining on both sides. I thought both teams were pretty even and the 1 goal lead was deserved. Second half, I don't know what I was watching...Was it a MON tactic talk at halftime that caused us to hoof instead of playing the triangles on the ground, patiently waiting for an opening? Spurs definitely deserved the goal. I was crying on 60 mins for him to put Sidwell or Downing on and take off Carew to pack the midfield and protect the lead.
los_angeles_villan
I was crying when he put Sidders on! We had the 1st half, they had the second, end of, hence 1-1. Strange that they're coming on here talking like they won! But that's Spuds fans for you...
olofthegreat
I was crying when he put Sidders on! We had the 1st half, they had the second, end of, hence 1-1. Strange that they're coming on here talking like they won! But that's Spuds fans for you...
olofthegreat
Hey Villans...want to go raid the Spuds post match thread!?!? CHARGE!!!!!!!
All Hail MON
Hey Villans...want to go raid the Spuds post match thread!?!? CHARGE!!!!!!!
All Hail MON
have to agree we would of been better taking carew off and replacing him with gardner and leave gabby up front on his own .... milner and ashley play out too wide which leaves petrov and reo-coker/sidwell too much ground to cover .... we either need to play 4-3-3 (away) or 4-5-1 (at home) because 4-4-2 is to predictable.... and has it proved against liverpool .... petrov, sidwell and Reo-coker as a central midfield play well together .... sadly Carew and Heskey look slow and inaffective lately .... goals would still come from midfield and gabby.... trouble is if we got to 60 mins and we were not 2up then i could see MON switching back to 4-4-2 ... as much as i hate to admit it .... perhaps we need someone with Harry's flair and imagination .... just not his mouth - lol
tvrwhitey
have to agree we would of been better taking carew off and replacing him with gardner and leave gabby up front on his own .... milner and ashley play out too wide which leaves petrov and reo-coker/sidwell too much ground to cover .... we either need to play 4-3-3 (away) or 4-5-1 (at home) because 4-4-2 is to predictable.... and has it proved against liverpool .... petrov, sidwell and Reo-coker as a central midfield play well together .... sadly Carew and Heskey look slow and inaffective lately .... goals would still come from midfield and gabby.... trouble is if we got to 60 mins and we were not 2up then i could see MON switching back to 4-4-2 ... as much as i hate to admit it .... perhaps we need someone with Harry's flair and imagination .... just not his mouth - lol
tvrwhitey
Although the ref gave everything to Spurs and was generally shocking that was one of the best Spurs teams i`ve seen in quite a while,we worked our cobs of but again the quality just isn`t there across the whole team.
ASPINALL
Although the ref gave everything to Spurs and was generally shocking that was one of the best Spurs teams i`ve seen in quite a while,we worked our cobs of but again the quality just isn`t there across the whole team.
ASPINALL
Richmondspur, one cross all game, well that is simply world class, oh and 2 strikes from outside the box in front of our defence, well once again man of the match stuff. as for being double marked, he better get used to that, Ashley young is often treble marked, oh and he managed to get more than 1 cross in all game.
roehe
Richmondspur, one cross all game, well that is simply world class, oh and 2 strikes from outside the box in front of our defence, well once again man of the match stuff. as for being double marked, he better get used to that, Ashley young is often treble marked, oh and he managed to get more than 1 cross in all game.
roehe
most telling stat, 1-1, the rest is waffle at the end of the day!
The Fear
most telling stat, 1-1, the rest is waffle at the end of the day!
The Fear
Roehe, I take huge satisfaction from the fact that an opposing manager, fearful of our quality sets up his team in an attempt to try and stop us playing. Yet we still outplay and dominate you. Must be quite a team those men from Spurs!
RichmondSpur
Roehe, I take huge satisfaction from the fact that an opposing manager, fearful of our quality sets up his team in an attempt to try and stop us playing. Yet we still outplay and dominate you. Must be quite a team those men from Spurs!
RichmondSpur
Spurs fans, mouthy? Arrogant? Annoying? Nooooo. I just don't understand why they are so disliked by many. I mean they're so understated and friendly.
PBAVFC
Spurs fans, mouthy? Arrogant? Annoying? Nooooo. I just don't understand why they are so disliked by many. I mean they're so understated and friendly.
PBAVFC
 

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