Wasn’t the most eye-catching performance you’ll see from us this season but a good away win that pushes us back up the table after our West Ham horror show.
Following the West Ham game it was important to put things right today and a 2-0 win will do just that.
The first half was awful if I am honest, our passing game was as bad as you’re going to see it, too many bad touches and conceding possession to easily. It was a moment of luck that broke the deadlock when Townsend’s cross found its way through to the far corner and sent Spurs in at half time with a fortunate 1-0 lead.
There was no way we could be that sloppy again in the second half, things had to improve and they did. The passing and confidence grew in the second half but the introduction of Benteke gave Villa hope and they looked like they could get back into it until a lovely second goal dashed their hopes. Holtby won the ball out wide and played it to the edge of the box for Paulinho and with one touch he slid the ball into the run of Soldado who took it in his stride and calmly slotted the ball into the Villa net.
Townsend again was impressive, Lennon returned but may struggle to hold down a regular place this season. I’d have liked to have seen Lamela of Eriksen come on but AVB didn’t want to rock the boat too much and I can fully understand that.
Paulinho for me is a much better attacking midfielder than a defensive one, I know he does box to box but for me he is much more effective in the final third, just leave the defensive midfielding to The Beast if you ask me.
Good win, 3 points away from home, can’t ask for more than that.