Remi Garde watched his new team lose to Spurs in the stands at White Hart Lane just hours after he was confirmed manager of the West Midlands club. Also making an appearance at the Lane was Three Lions manager Roy Hodgson, casting his eye over the midfield Spurs duo of Eric Dier and Dele Alli and, of course, Harry Kane. And two of these three bright English prospects got on the score-sheet on a misty evening in North London.
Tottenham got off to a dream start with Belgian powerhouse Mousa Dembele firing them into the lead inside the first 3 minutes, in what turned out to be the third fastest goal in the Premier League this season. Outmuscling Clarke, Dembele’s shot fired through Brad Guzan’s legs and into the back of the net. The goal set Spurs up for a comfortable first half, with Aston Villa rarely posing a threat to Hugo Lloris.
It was Dele Alli who doubled the Lilywhites advantage just before the half time whistle; showing brilliant control and composure to rifle a shot into the bottom of the corner leaving Guzan with no chance.Embed from Getty Images
Villa attempted a late surge towards the end of the second half with substitutes Rudy Gestede and Jordan Ayew leading the attack. Ayew, disappointed to be left out of the starting eleven after scoring last weekend, grabbed a goal back for the visitors, a cruel deflection of Jan Vertonghen.
Villa looked the more likely team to score until a lovely threaded move involving Christian Eriksen, Josh Onomah and Erik Lamela resulted in Harry Kane’s fifth league goal in as many games, Kane executing the shot to perfection, the ball curling its way into the top corner to round off a fantastic evening for the Spurs.
A ‘fantastic’ night for Tottenham
Mauricio Pochettino summed up the evening in an interview with the BBC, stating that he was ‘pleased’ with his players after a ‘fantastic’ evening. The Argentine must be delighted as his team now stretch their unbeaten run to 10 games now, with Arsenal standing in the way this weekend.
A resurgent Kane
Harry Kane is certainly back on form with goals against Manchester City, Bournemouth and now Aston Villa taking his goal tally to 5. Kane also repeated history last night, scoring against Aston Villa in stoppage time on the 2nd of November (he has now done it in 2014 and 2015). Pochettino believed that Kane’s tough period would have developed him and should be beneficial to the player, although it is more beneficial to the results if he does get his name on the score board.
Pochettino’s continued faith in English youngsters
Something that other managers are afraid to do: play young players. And Pochettino is an exception – with Rose, Walker, Dier, Alli and Kane all starting, Tottenham have an English core, something that is absent from most top teams in the Premier League. Josh Onomah looks to have a bright future ahead of him, making his Premier League debut tonight at the Lane.
Still the same nervy Spurs
Tottenham fans are used to not having an easy game and this was no exception. The defence looked worried after Villa scored to bring the score to 2-1 and the team went through a tough 5-10 minutes with Villa dominating possession. But unlike in previous situations, Spurs were able to keep calm and hang on and then go and score a third to put the game to bed.
A convincing evening for Spurs, one that Pochettino is pleased with, one that Alli and Kane will be pleased with and one that the supporters will be pleased with as they see their team climb up to 5th place, just 1 point off the Champions League.