Tottenham player ratings vs Aston Villa: Harry Kane poor by his standards; nightmare for Sergio Reguilon

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Tottenham’s hopes of securing European football next season were dealt a major blow by a dismal 2-1 defeat by Aston Villa in front of 10,000 of their returning supporters.

Spurs took the lead through Steven Bergwijn’s thunder-cracker but Sergio Reguilon’s comical own goal levelled for Villa.

The Spanish left-back was then guilty of two mistakes in the build-up to Ollie Watkins’s winner before half-time.

Here’s how Dan Kilpatrick rated the Spurs players at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium...

Hugo Lloris 5

Somehow escaped conceding an early penalty for a blatant trip on Watkins. Harsh to blame him for the goals but perhaps could have been stronger for both.

Japhet Tanganga 5

Suffered a serious-looking injury towards the end when his ankle appeared to get caught between an opponent’s legs. A bad way to cap a difficult evening.

Toby Alderweireld 5

The best of a bad bunch at the back. His passing was off but made more than one important challenge as Villa frequently tried to walk the ball in.

Eric Dier 5

Put Reguilon in trouble for Villa’s goal before being easily held off by Watkins. Made a crucial late block to deny Watkins but it was another unconvincing display.

Sergio Reguilon 4

Endured a nightmare evening, slicing into his own net for Villa’s equaliser and twice losing possession in the build-up to Watkins’ strike.

Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg 5

After looking so impressive against Wolves, struggled faced with Jack Grealish and John McGinn. Passing was poor.

Harry Winks 5

Struggled to progress the ball in the first half, often playing sideways. A little better after the interval but Spurs improved when Ndombele came on.

Steven Bergwijn 7

Offered another glimpse of his quality with a superb strike but twice fired straight at Emi Martinez from good positions in the second half, as his former hesitancy in front of goal returned.

Dele Alli 4

On the periphery of the game and looked rusty when he was involved.

Heung-min Son 4

While he is often streaky, it’s hard to remember a game when he was so sloppy in possession. Either distracted or exhausted.

Harry Kane 6

Poor by his standards, although did create a chance for Bergwijn with a fine driving run and was typically unselfish. No wonder he is unsettled.

Substitutes

Gareth Bale (Bergwijn 72’) 6

Called for by fans, the Welshman set up a couple of late chances but could not find the breakthrough.

Tanguy Ndombele (Winks 74’) 7

Improved Spurs with his ability to beat a man and pick a pass. Should have started.

Matt Doherty (Tanganga 83’) 6

Fine.

Subs not used: Hart, Sanchez, Lamela, Lo Celso, Aurier, Moura.

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