Sunday October 7, 2012 Day 7 Finished White Hart Lane

Tottenham Hotspur 2 - 0 Aston Villa

  • Caulker 58’
  • Lennon 67’

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  1. Premier League - Matchpack: Tottenham v Aston Villa

    Premier League - Matchpack: Tottenham v Aston Villa

    Team news and match facts ahead of the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Aston Villa at White Hart Lane. More

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    • Tottenham Hotspur
    • Aston Villa
    • FULL TIME: Spurs 2-0 Villa. Thanks for joining us.
    • 90+3' Shot from Dembele drifts wide. Time almost up now.
    • 90+2' Spurs still pressing for a late third against ten man Villa.
    • 90+1' Shot from Townsend flies well over. Friedel is all smiles despite being dropped.
    • 90' Vertonghen wins a throw deep in the Villa half as the clock ticks over 90. There will be four added minutes here.
    • 87' What a chance! Bale angles his shot across the keeper and he saves it onto the post. Close to 3.
    • 86' Spurs sub: Lennon off for Townsend.
    • 86' Adebayor plays in Sigurdsson but it’s a great covering tackle from Vlaar! Really good defending there.
    • 85' Great ball finds bale on the right but his shot is blocked.
    • 84' Bent still has not touched the ball yet! Spurs totally dominant.
    • 83' Bale close to playing in Lennon. One pass too many perhaps.
    • 82' Spurs sub: Dempsey off for Sigurdsson.
    • 81' Bale flashes a shot wide but Guzan had it covered.
    • 81' Adebayor looks to chip into the top corner but Guzan plucks it out of the sky.
    • 80' Ten minutes to go here and Spurs look mightily comfortable, as they pretty much have been all match.
    • 79' Bennett has been stretchered off.
    • 78' Good work from Adebayor wins a corner off Vlaar.
    • 77' That looks game over for Bennett and Villa are down to ten men.
    • 76' Bennett has gone down and is clearly in some discomfort here. He is receiving treatment.
    • 75' That really should have been three but Spurs look in the mood now.
    • 74' Walker plays it in and Dempsey misses a sitter three yards out! Any meaningful contact and that was a goal.
    • 73' Villa sub: Holman off for Bannan.
    • 72' Walker wrestles N’Zogbia to the ground. Free kick and a yellow card.
    • 71' Clark concedes another corner. Villa reeling at the moment.
    • 70' Bale crosses in and it hits Clark looked like a clear hand ball and a penalty. Lucky.
    • 69' Spurs win another corner. More pressure for Villa.
    • 68' That was Lennon’s first goal of the season in the Premier League.
    • 67' Spurs sub: Adebayor on for Defoe.
    • 66' GOAL Spurs! Lennon cuts in from the right and drills a shot into the far corner. Great goal.
    • 65' Villa sub: Bent and N’Zogbia for Albrighton and Delph.
    • 64' Dempsey plays in Defoe but his cross is headed clear. Villa under a lot of pressure. Bale shoots from distance and Guzan saves well to his left.
    • 63' Darren Bent looks like he will come on soon.
    • 62' Holman goes down and claims a free kick nothing given. Delph shoots well wide.
    • 61' Bale sprints down the right and so nearly sets up Defoe. Villa have to weather this storm.
    • 60' Defoe finds space in the box to shoot and he blazes over.
    • 59' Work to do now for Villa but back come Spurs seeking a killer second.
    • 58' Indeed the goal has been given to Caulker for the slightest of deflections.
    • 57' GOAL Tottenham! And it’s birthday boy Jermaine Defoe who sweeps it in direct from the corner. It took a slight deflection of Caulker’s heel.
    • 56' Lennon brought down by El Ahmadi who goes into the book.
    • 55' Sandro sets up Defoe and he runs at the defence before shooting just wide of the post with Guzan beaten. So close!
    • 54' Bale wins the ball well but Vertonghen’s cross goes straight out for a goal kick. Disappointing. Adebayor warming up.
    • 53' Lloris is a very lucky boy as that mistake could have cost Spurs.
    • 52' Benteke helps it on to Vlaar but Lloris saves. Benteke then misses a sitter. Lloris gives it straight to Albrighton whose cross finds Benteke unmarked five yards out but he plants his header wide. Best chance of the match.
    • 50' Gallas wins a header but takes a knock off Benteke’s head. He’s okay though.
    • 49' Lennon takes on Bennett but the defender does well, pushing him wide. Goal kick.
    • 48' Bale whips in a dangerous cross but Vlaar clears.
    • 47' Lloris off his line again quickly to clear as Friedel watches on. Vertonghen fizzes a shot over.
    • 46' Agbonlahor is away down the left and sets up Benteke who hits his shot straight at Lloris. Great chance!
    • 45' We’re back underway here at White Hart Lane. No changes as yet.
    • 45+1' HALF TIME: Spurs 0-0 Villa.
    • 45' There will be one added minute here as Lowton goes down and receives treatment.
    • 44' Free kick to Villa. One last opportunity. Albrighton plays it in and Lloris punches clear.
    • 43' Good pressure from Agbonlahor forces Walker all the way back.
    • 41' After a really bright start, Spurs have lost their way a little bit. Benteke wins a free kick for a knee in the back.
    • 40' Lennon finds Sandro but his cross is well out. Goal kick.
    • 39' Sandro whips it into the box but Guzan gets to the ball just before Defoe. Good keeping.
    • 38' Lennon is in behind Bennett but there is nobody up to support him and the cross is cut out.
    • 37' Run and shot from Defoe but it cannons off the defender and out for a throw.
    • 36' Great through ball from Holman finds Agbonlahor but Lloris is out well to clear just ahead of the striker.
    • 34' Bale finds Vertonghen in the box but he blasts it over.
    • 33' Another free kick won by Dempsey in a dangerous position. Just too far out for a direct shot on goal.
    • 32' This time Caulker wins a corner off Bennett on the right side. More pressure. Bale kicks it straight out.
    • 31' Vertonghen gets into the box and wins a corner off Vlaar.
    • 30' Good strength from Gallas on the right and he gets the cross away. Villa clear. Benteke concedes a free kick.
    • 29' Lennon finds Defoe who turns on the edge of the box and gets his shot away. Just wide.
    • 28' Holman tries to find Benteke but he’s caught offside.
    • 27' Dangerous run from Dempsey but it’s deflected into Guzan’s arms.
    • 25' Dembele brought down. Delph booked.
    • 24' GOAL ATTEMPTS: Spurs 2-3 Villa
    • 23' A quarter of the way through this one and it’s a surprise Spurs have not scored yet.
    • 22' Dembele picks out Bale but Vlaar clears the cross for a corner.
    • 21' Bale is off again but it’s a great covering tackle from Vlaar.
    • 20' Another good run from Vertonghen but he can’t quite pick out Dempsey. Shot from Benteke punched away by Lloris, his first save.
    • 19' Lloris has had nothing to do so far. Agbonlahor is caught by Sandro but he gets away with it. Could easily have been a yellow.
    • 18' Nice ball in from Agbonlahor but Caulker heads away the danger.
    • 17' Great take from Lennon and he crosses in a dangerous ball. Vlaar clears well.
    • 16' Bale hits the turf again. Lowton have him a little knee in the back and he’s down for treatment.
    • 15' Villa have weathered the early storm but you feel it’s a matter of time before Spurs score. They’re being allowed so much space.
    • 14' Bale gallops forward and wins a corner off Vlaar.
    • 13' Terrible ball from Dempsey goes straight out of play. Dempsey playing in a free role just behind Defoe.
    • 12' Agbonlahor goes for goal but his shot is drilled straight at Caulker.
    • 11' Dempsey nearly has Bale in again. Spurs all over Villa at the moment. El Ahmadi blazes well over the top.
    • 10' Great little run from Dempsey. He sets up Defoe but his shot is easily saved. Bale looked to have dived and should have been given a yellow for trying to con the referee.
    • 9' Guzan charges out and looks to have brought down Bale. Nothing given.
    • 8' Brad Friedel looks on from the bench. Strange decision as Friedel was on top form. We understand it wasn’t an injury but a tactical decision.
    • 7' Bale already giving Lowton plenty to think about. Dembele already beginning to win the midfield battle.
    • 6' Bale whips it in and Vertonghen just fails to get on the end of it. Another close shave for Villa.
    • 5' Bale wins a free kick in a dangerous area as Lowton brings him down.
    • 4' Vertonghen and Bale looking very lively down the left already. Ominous for Villa.
    • 3' Villa can’t afford to give away sloppy balls in the middle of the park. Both teams employing a 4-2-3-1 system.
    • 2' What a chance for Spurs! Vertonghen whips a ball into Defoe in the middle and he puts it over from a couple of yards out. He was just offside though although he wouldn’t have known it.
    • 1' Defoe finds Bale on the left and he goes for goal. His left foot shot flashes wide. Great early chance in the first thirty seconds of the match.
    • 1' Referee Neil Swarbrick blows the whistle to get us underway here. Expect goals in this one.
    • 14.59 You can also follow the other 3pm kick-off between Liverpool and Stoke.
    • 14.55 ODDS: Tottenham (1/2) Aston Villa (15/2) Draw (10/3).
    • 14.50 Villa, in contrast, have scored just five goals in their last 11 Premier League away matches, winning none and losing six in that run.
    • 14.45 Spurs have won 14 and lost just two of their last 21 Premier League matches at White Hart Lane. One of those defeats was masterminded by then Norwich boss Paul Lambert (2-1 in April).
    • 14.40 Ominously for Villa, Spurs have lost none of their last seven Premier League games against Aston Villa (W4 D3 L0).
    • 14.35 Emmanuel Adebayor has scored six goals in eight Premier League starts against Aston Villa including four in his last three. The six goals netted by Adebayor against Aston Villa is his joint-highest haul against any opponent in the Premier League, along with Blackburn, Derby and Tottenham.
    • 14.30 Andre Villas-Boas on Steven Caulker being dropped from the England squad: "I think for Steven it will be a privilege to play for the first team of England, for sure. If it came sooner it would be a more important achievement, but I don't see (him being left out) as any kind of negative. We certainly believe a lot in the player. That's why we decided to extend his career and that's why he played at Old Trafford and against Lazio."
    • 14.25 Paul Lambert: ''If I could pick everyone I would but I can't and I just try and pick a team which might get a result. I understand people's frustration (at not playing) but I try and honestly select the team. Some of the best players in the world have been left out, Messi, Rooney, Ronaldo. I dropped Grant Holt last season at Norwich. If you are going on about Darren, I don't have one problem whatsoever. He didn't knock on my door. That's why I don't think there is a problem."
    • 14.20 Brad Friedel’s injury ends a run of 310 Premier League games on the trot.
    • 14.15 Tottenham: Lloris, Walker, Gallas, Caulker, Vertonghen, Dembele, Sandro, Lennon, Bale, Dempsey, Defoe. SUBS: Friedel, Dawson, Huddlestone, Townsend, Sigurdsson, Falque, Adebayor /// Aston Villa: Guzan, Lowton, Vlaar, Clark, Bennett, El Ahmadi, Delph, Albrighton, Holman, Agbonlahor, Benteke.
    • 14.10 Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert has no fresh injury problems. Midfielder Stephen Ireland (broken arm) and central defender Richard Dunne (groin) remain sidelined although the former could return after the international break. Lambert has to decide whether to recall striker Darren Bent to the starting line-up against one of his former clubs after he came off the substitutes' bench to equalise against West Brom last weekend.
    • 14.05 Striker Emmanuel Adebayor is fit for Tottenham after recovering from a hamstring injury. Andre Villas-Boas is expected to recall Brad Friedel in goal despite a solid performance from his understudy Hugo Lloris in Thursday's Europa League draw against Panathinaikos. Kyle Naughton (foot), Scott Parker (achilles), Jake Livermore (groin), Benoit Assou-Ekotto and Younes Kaboul (both knee) are out.
    • 14.00 Hello and welcome to our LIVE coverage of Tottenham Hotspur v Aston Villa from White Hart Lane. Kick off 15.00 BST. Match preview
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