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Tottenham got back to winning ways with an important 2-1 victory over Aston Villa.

Spurs had lost their last three Premier League games to an aggregate of 9-1 and the pressure was beginning to grow on Nuno Espirito Santo following a dismal performance in last week’s north London derby defeat to Arsenal.

But Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg’s strike and an own goal by Matt Targett got the job done as Spurs go into the international break on a positive note.

It would only have been sweeter had Harry Kane been able to break his league duck for the season, but the England captain squandered a number of good chances to go six Premier League games without a goal for the first time since 2015.

Villa were outplayed but found themselves level with 22 minutes remaining as Ollie Watkins scored his first goal of the season, only for the hosts to regain their lead three minutes later.

You can follow all the action LIVE with our blog below...

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Tottenham vs Aston Villa highlights

  • GOAL! Lucas Moura swiftly restores Spurs’ lead

  • GOAL! Watkins hits Villa equaliser

  • GOAL! Hojbjerg strikes to break deadlock

  • Nuno: ‘Kane worked very well for the team'

16:25 , Giuseppe Muro

Tottenham boss Nuno Espirito Santo, speaking to Sky Sports: "Good, good, good. We needed a win but a well-deserved win. We did a good match against tough opponents. Important for us, the boys and the fans. We reacted well after conceding and positive in a lot of ways.

"The boys did well. Villa are a very good team with the press so it was about taking risks. Our front three were always in the middle. They played well.

On Harry Kane's performance: "He worked very well for the team. It (the first goal) will come.

"We are aware we have been through a tough moment. When the players gel and combine they can do very good. We have to find the balance between the defensive and attacking part of the game.

"This is our focus, what can we do to improve?"

16:25 , Giuseppe Muro

Tottenham forward Son Heung-min, speaking to Sky Sports: "This win brings us a lot of good energy and the way we played today was different. We needed that especially before the international break. It is a good feeling to win this game and go away.

"We tried to play more, that is more different to a couple of weeks ago. We played without fear and we enjoyed it even when we lost the ball. The last three games were defeats we did not want and the confidence went down but we can bounce back and go back up.

"Every single game I will try to bring my best with positive energy. I got two assists but the lads were fantastic. I just crossed the ball and passed the ball.

"Everyone is experienced, everyone wants to win and take responsibility. We have to keep this mindset. When we win it is not everything, it is a long season and we start on zero again for the next game."

Full-time | Tottenham 2-1 Aston Villa

15:52 , Simon Collings

A big result for Nuno.

15:51 , Simon Collings

94 mins: Villa getting frustrated as they can’t get the ball out of this corner. The home fans don’t care, though, and a cheering Spurs on.

15:49 , Simon Collings

92 mins: Spurs win a corner and the crowd cheer. A chance to keep the ball up there.

15:47 , Simon Collings

Five minutes to be added on. Groans from the home fans.

15:45 , Simon Collings

88 mins: How is it not 3-1?! Kane, one-on-one, can’t beat Martinez.

15:44 , Simon Collings

87 mins: Off the line! Kane had the goal at his mercy, but he back heeled it to Lo Celso. He beats Martinez, but Mings hacks it off the line.

15:43 , Simon Collings

85 mins: Five minutes for Spurs to hold on and they are doing so. Aston Villa trying to throw men forward to snatch an equaliser.

15:41 , Simon Collings

That Lucas goal has gone down as a Matt Targett own-goal after review.

15:40 , Simon Collings

80 mins: Lo Celso, who is on for Ndombele, tries to bend one in - but it curls just wide. A good effort.

Dan Kilpatrick at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium

15:37 , Simon Collings

“Spurs’ response to Villa’s equaliser showed impressive mental strength and character, while this is the most goals Spurs have scored in a League game since Leicester on the final day of last season. Can they hold on?”

Dan Kilpatrick at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium

15:36 , Simon Collings

78 mins: Good save from Lloris. Nice play from Villa, who work it out left and find Ings in the box. He spins and shoots, but Lloris is there.

15:32 , Simon Collings

73 mins: Villa not lying down though. Cash bombs forward and his cross is blocked after he makes it to the byline.

GOAL | Tottenham 2-1 Aston Villa | Lucas Moura 71'

15:30 , Simon Collings

Tottenham back in front and surprise, surprise it is thanks to that man Son.

Excellent play down the left from him as he skips down the wing and slides it to Lucas for a tap in.

Relief for Nuno.

15:27 , Simon Collings

Praise for the referee there. Ramsey was clattered in the build-up, but the referee played advantage - and Villa made the most of it.

Romero is booked for that challenge.

GOAL | Tottenham 1-1 Aston Villa | Ollie Watkins 67'

15:26 , Simon Collings

And Villa equalise!

Good play from Ings, who fed in Targett down the left. He pings in a cross and Watkins is there to tap home.

Game on!

15:23 , Simon Collings

64 mins: Villa trying to find a way back into this. Another long throw leads to Ramsey having a shot, but it’s blocked. The resulting corner comes to nothing.

15:20 , Simon Collings

62 mins: Oh delightful from Ndombele, who spins his man outside the box and beats another before shooting. Martinez saves it. So nearly a stunning goal.

15:18 , Simon Collings

60 mins: Big save from Martinez. Of course, it is Son again. He comes short and then spins in behind. The angle is tight and Martines saves well.

Dan Kilpatrick at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium

15:16 , Simon Collings

“You see the confidence gradually returning to Spurs in this second half and they are starting to play with more conviction and fluency, lifting the crowd. They’re restricting Villa to pot shots from range - but Nuno will want a second goal as a cushion.”

15:15 , Simon Collings

57 mins: What a block! Kane gets in down the right and he fires a low cross in. Son looks set to score, but Konsa makes a stunning block.

15:14 , Simon Collings

56 mins: Yup, it’s that man Son again. He’s been the best player on the pitch and he fires over from outside the box. He deserves a goal.

15:11 , Simon Collings

53 mins: Better from Spurs. Once again Son is at the heart of it. His cross finds Royal, but Martinez saves. Royal then returns the favour, however Son can’t keep his volley down.

15:09 , Simon Collings

51 mins: The rain is lashing down, but Spurs are weathering the storm on and off the pitch. Villa certainly on top, though, and look the likeliest to score.

15:06 , Simon Collings

47 mins: Villa pick up where they left off. First Skipp makes a great challenge to deny Ings and then another block from Romero denies Targett.

Back underway!

15:04 , Simon Collings

The second-half has begun.

Dan Kilpatrick at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium

15:01 , Simon Collings

“Spurs have definitely improved from their dismal display at Arsenal (although it’s a low bar) but there’s still not much control or coherence from Nuno’s side, whose best moments have been the result of individual brilliance. Still, as much as Nuno could do with an impressive performance, it’s the result that counts today.”

14:52 , Simon Collings

Half-time | Tottenham 1-0 Aston Villa

14:48 , Simon Collings

Nuno will be happy to be ahead. Hojbjerg with a huge goal for him.

14:47 , Simon Collings

45 mins: Another dangerous long throw from Cash, who has being channelling his inner Rory Delap today. This one squirms to the back post, but Watkins can’t make the most of it. Villa finishing the half well.

Dan Kilpatrick at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium

14:45 , Simon Collings

“Villa have been largely underwhelming so far but they’re finishing the half with their best spell. Spurs’ defenders are being tested but their standing up to the challenge well at the moment.”

14:45 , Simon Collings

42 mins: Good little spell for Villa as they win a few corners and throw-ins. They eventually result in McGinn letting fly with a volley from just outside the box. It goes just wide.

14:41 , Simon Collings

39 mins: A chance for Targett, who gets in down the left. He drives into the box, however his heavy touch allows Royal to come across and tackle.

14:38 , Simon Collings

36 mins: Oliver Skipp goes into the book for bringing down Danny Ings. He had to stop the counter out wide, so it needed to be done.

14:34 , Simon Collings

33 mins: Tottenham win a free-kick about 35 yards out as Ramsey brings Kane down. The Villa midfielder is booked too as he went through the back of Kane. Kane fancies this...

It’s on target but a simple stop for Martinez.

Dan Kilpatrick at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium

14:32 , Simon Collings

“Spurs have gradually improved as the half’s progressed and just about deserve their lead. Nuno will be particularly encouraged by Hojbjerg’s desire to win back possession and then get in a position to score from Son’s fine pass.”

GOAL | Tottenham 1-0 Aston Villa | Hojbjerg 27'

14:29 , Simon Collings

And Tottenham lead!

Good play from Son in the build-up, who raced through but didn’t panic. He picked out Hojbjerg on the edge of the box, who finished with great composure.

Just what Nuno neeeded.

14:26 , Simon Collings

24 mins: Nearly a stunning goal from Kane! Ndombele is fouled by the halfway line and Kane instantly shoots, as he sees Martinez off his line. The goalkeeper claws it away though. Close.

14:24 , Simon Collings

22 mins: A brilliant turn by Son out left and he leaves Cash for dead. He gets into the box, but his set for Ndombele is cut out. Kane then fires a speculative shot over the bar.

14:20 , Simon Collings

18 mins: Son looks lively. He is again found in behind and he shoots, but his effort is blocked. Better from Nuno’s side, though, who had looked shaky.

14:19 , Simon Collings

17 mins: Better from Spurs. Son makes a run in behind and is picked out. He lays it to Reguilon, who finds Kane with a cross, but it comes to nothing.

Dan Kilpatrick at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium

14:15 , Simon Collings

“It feels like Nuno really needs an impressive performance here but it’s been a bitty start from Spurs, who look short of confidence and ideas. Barely a sniff for Harry Kane so far, while Lucas Moura and Heung-min Son are having to drop deep to get on the ball.”

14:14 , Simon Collings

12 mins: Son seems to be fine and Spurs are trying to get things going. Ndombele almost finds Kane with a through-ball, but it’s blocked.

14:11 , Simon Collings

10 mins: Son goes down clutching his thigh. He gets up - slowly - but that’s worry. Hopefully nothing serious.

14:10 , Simon Collings

8 mins: Some more decent play by Villa. Watkins works it well out right and swings in a cross, which Spurs clear. McGinn tries to break into the box shortly after, but commits a foul.

14:06 , Simon Collings

5 mins: Aston Villa have started the better of the two teams and are enjoying the best of it so far. Slow start from Spurs.

Dan Kilpatrick at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium

14:05 , Simon Collings

“After the fiasco at the Emirates, there’s a notable tweak to Nuno’s system today with Spurs back in a 4-2-3-1 and Tanguy Ndombele pushed high into the No.10 position. Nuno has generally gone with 4-3-3 so far.”

14:04 , Simon Collings

2 mins: Aston Villa win an early throw and Cash launches it into the box. Mings flicks it on but no one can get on the end of it. Tottenham hack it away.

Kick-off

14:02 , Simon Collings

We are underway and here we go!

14:01 , Simon Collings

Before we kick-off there is a minute’s applause for 1966 World Cup winner Roger Hunt.

Not long now

13:57 , Simon Collings

The teams are in the tunnel and about to come out onto the pitch. A huge afternoon for Nuno is almost underway.

Who needs Grealish?

13:50 , Simon Collings

All the talk in the summer was about Aston Villa losing Jack Grealish, but they have done well so far without him.

They have particularly tightened up at the back and are looking to make it three clean sheets in a row.

 (Arsenal FC via Getty Images)
(Arsenal FC via Getty Images)

Dan Kilpatrick from the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium

13:41 , Simon Collings

Nuno has full support of squad, says Skipp

13:33 , Simon Collings

Nuno is under pressure but he seemingly has the backing of his players.

“As a group we are fully aware that the last few games we haven’t been at our best, but we are definitely still behind the manager and trying to implement the stuff we are working on,” Skipp said.

https://www.standard.co.uk/sport/football/tottenham-oliver-skipp-nuno-espirito-santo-b958485.html

Some unwanted stats for Nuno to avoid

13:20 , Simon Collings

If Tottenham lose today it will be the first time they have lost four Premier League games in a row since November 2004.

If they also, somehow, ship three goals it will be the first time they have conceded three or more goals in four consecutive top-flight fixtures since 1958.

No place for Alli

13:10 , Simon Collings

Our reporter Dan Kilpatrick, who is at the game today, predicted Dele could miss out today and it has proven the case.

He was hooked at half-time against Arsenal and Oliver Skipp comes into the side instead. It does mean we get to see Tanguy Ndombele in a more advanced role - which should be fun.

It looks like Spurs will line-up in a 4-2-3-1 formation, as opposed to a 4-3-3.

 (Tottenham Hotspur FC via Getty I)
(Tottenham Hotspur FC via Getty I)

Teams are out

13:01 , Simon Collings

Tottenham: Lloris, Emerson, Romero, Dier, Reguilon, Skipp, Hojbjerg, Ndombele, Lucas Moura, Kane, Son.

Subs: Doherty, Sanchez, Winks, Gil Salvatierra, Rodon, Lo Celso, Alli, Gollini, Scarlett.

Aston Villa: Martinez, Konsa, Hause, Mings, Cash, McGinn, Jacob Ramsey, Douglas Luiz, Targett, Ings, Watkins.

Subs: Buendia, Steer, Traore, Tuanzebe, Young, Nakamba, El Ghazi, Philogene-Bidace, Archer.

Gil get Spains call

12:53 , Simon Collings

Some early good news for Tottenham:

Under 30 minutes to team news

12:36 , Simon Collings

Will Nuno spring any surprises with his team today?

He opted for plenty of changes on Thursday in the Europa Conference League, but we should see the big guns return today.

An interesting area will be midfield, where the likes of Tanguy Ndombele struggled against Arsenal last weekend.

Prediction: Tottenham 2-1 Aston Villa

12:23 , Simon Collings

This feels like a really tough game to call, not least because Aston Villa have had a week to prepare and Spurs played on Thursday night.

I think, however, that Tottenham will dig in to get the win that Nuno badly needs. Harry Kane to deliver the goods.

I am going for 2-1 to Tottenham.

 (REUTERS)
(REUTERS)

Aston Villa team news: No Bailey or Sanson

12:08 , Simon Collings

Aston Villa have their own injury problems too, though, and they will be without Leon Bailey and Morgan Sanson.

Bailey has impressed when given the chance since joining from Bayer Leverkusen and his absence is a blow for boss Dean Smith.

Axel Tuanzebe is back available, however, after being unable to play against his parent club Manchester United last weekend.

Tottenham team news: Bergwijn and Sessegnon still out

11:56 , Simon Collings

This is a big game for Tottenham boss Nuno, but he unfortunately doesn’t have a full squad to pick from.

Winger Steven Bergwijn is unlikely to recover in time from an ankle injury, while Ryan Sessegnon is also out injured too.

Harry Kane is, thankfully, fit to lead the line and raring to go after scoring a hat-trick in midweek.

 (Tottenham Hotspur FC via Getty I)
(Tottenham Hotspur FC via Getty I)

How to watch

11:44 , Simon Collings

Today’s game is not on television in the UK, but fear not you can follow Standard Sport to keep you up to date.

You can then catch the highlights tonight on Match of the Day 2, which is on BBC One at 10.30pm. It is also available on iPlayer too.

Welcome to Tottenham vs Aston Villa LIVE coverage

11:30 , George Flood

Good afternoon and welcome to Standard Sport’s LIVE coverage of this afternoon’s Premier League clash between Tottenham and Aston Villa.

Nuno badly needs a win today after successive heavy London derby defeats at the hands of Crystal Palace, Chelsea and Arsenal, though Spurs face another tough test against an in-form Aston Villa side that have won back-to-back games without conceding against Everton and Manchester United.

Another defeat today would see Tottenham lose four top-flight games in a row for the first time in 17 years, while not since 1995 have Villa notched up consecutive away wins in this part of north London.

Stay tuned for all the match build-up, latest team news and live updates after kick-off at 2pm BST, with expert analysis from Dan Kilpatrick at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

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