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Oct 022010

First Half

4 mins – A cross from Modric goes to the back post but Pavluychenko couldn’t keep his header down, sending it over the bar.

6 mins – Crouch breaks free from midfield and has a long shot which goes well wide.

8 mins – Heskey slips in the box and then goes down again under the challenge, a shout for a penalty but would have been harsh.

15 mins – Downing breaks down the right,cuts the ball back for Warnock to run on to and hit a shot that gets blocked by Jenas.

16 mins GOAL – Hesky breaks down the right and runs dowards goal shrugging off  Bassong easily to square the ball to Mark Albrighton for an easy tap in.

21 mins – Bale put a ball in from the left and Pavluychenko had a shot blocked by the arm of Dunne but the rebound fell to Hutton in a good position but his shot went into the side netting.

32 mins – Jenas threads a ball through to Van der Vaart who goes down in the box after a shove in the back but Clattenberg says no.

37 mins – Petrov hits a long shot that rolls wide of Gomes post.

39 mins – Bale whips a ball in the box for Pavluychenko to scoop a volley agonisingly wide of the post.

41 mins – Downing cuts a ball back to the edge of the box and Carew who came on for Heskey put it in row z.

42 mins – Ashley Young hits a freekick over the wall but wide of the post.

43 mins – Van der Vaart hits a long shot which Friedel spills but it goes wide for a corner.

45 (+1) – The ball drops to Young who hits a low shot straight at Gomes.

45 (+1) Van der Vaart curles a shot which takes a slight deflection and shaves the top of the bar.

45(+2) GOAL – Pavluychenko crosses to the back stick for Crouch who nods it back across goal for Van der Varrt to header into an empty goal. 1-1

Half Time – Spurs 1 – 1 Villa

Spurs got going after a slow start but after going a goal down picked up the pace, a bit worrying at the lack of width on the right with Lennon being on the bench, I would expect to see him come on within 20mins of the second half. Tottenham’s most dangerous player was Van der Vaart once again.

Second Half

48 mins – Ball into the box and Downing hits a volley wide of the post.

51 mins – Lennon crosses back stick to Crouch who nods it back again to VDV but a last ditch tackle from Petrov puts him off and the ball bounces wide. A goal saving challenge from Petrov.

55 mins – Corner from Bale and a free header from Crouch goes over the bar.

58 mins – Bale picks the ball up deeps and goes on a run before playing it through to Van der Vaart who has one touch and then shoots but a last ditch block from Dunne thrawts him.

62 mins – BAE gets the ball from a cleared corner about 30 yards out and strikes a long distance shot over the bar.

65 mins – Reo-Coker hits a shot from the edge of the box which fires wide of the Spurs post.

66 mins – Great chance for Villa, Downing with the cross which Carew missed then Gomes missed and Albrighton missed it at the back stick.

70 mins – Corner comes in and Huddlestone wins the flick on to the head of Crouch but he put it wide, should have done better.

75 mins GOAL – Lennon crossed the ball in from the edge of the box to the back post and Crouch again nodded the ball back, it fell to Van der Vaart who let it run across his body before smashing it past Friedel leaving the Villa keeper with no chance. 2-1 to Tottenham.

85 mins – A short freekick is played to Van der Vaart who fires the ball just over the bar.

Full time Tottenham 2-1 Aston Villa

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