PLAYER RATINGS: Aston Villa 1-2 Tottenham Hotspur

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Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
Dom Le Roy

Hugo Lloris – He conceded from the only shot on target from Aston Villa but he was definitely not at fault. He was saved by his post after the shot from Benteke. He had a rather quiet second half.

Kyle Naughton – Neither Eriksen nor Lamela helped him out on defence as he had to deal with Aston Villa wingers by himself in the first half. He was decent and showed composure on the ball.

Danny Rose – He was at fault for Villa’s goal and found it really hard to cope with N’Zogbia and Agbonlahor. His attacking wasn’t on point either as his crosses did not find his teammates at all.

Younes Kaboul – The captain really struggled to mark Benteke but after the Belgian was sent off, he did not have much to do in the game. He showed some attacking threat as well from the corners.

Jan Vertonghen – He also struggled to contain Benteke but the defining moment for the Belgian today was his two-footed challenge on Westwood. He only got a yellow card there but that could have easily been a red another day.

Etienne Capoue – He gets selected for his defensive prowess but he was at fault for Villa’s goal and missed players all afternoon long. As usual, he did not provide anything in the attacking third. Really disappointing game for the Frenchman.

Christian Eriksen – He started the game on the wing and he was clearly uncomfortable there. He did not provide much and looked really slow and uncreative on the ball. He should have offered more help to Naughton going back.

Ryan Mason – He was really good in the first half, driving the ball forward with intent. However his performance dropped in the second half and his best contribution was to get Benteke sent off.

Nacer Chadli – He was unusually creative on the ball today and showed real intent to get his team a goal today and he got his reward late in the game from a corner.

Roberto Soldado – Pochettino’s decision to play him as a central attacking midfielder looked like a good one after he played some really nice passes especially the one for Adebayor. He had his chance to score but couldn’t get his header on target. His performance dropped heavily in the second half though as he barely had a touch of ball after the break.

Emmanuel Adebayor – He did not offer much up front until his great run in the 27th minute, but he missed a perfect opportunity to score. After that missed chance, he couldn’t get back into the game and was rightly subbed off for Kane.

 

Subs

Erik Lamela – He came on for Eriksen at the start of second half and showed much more than the Dane on the ball and on the wings and his cross from the corner brought the equalizer.

Harry Kane – The young English striker came on for Adebayor and gave a much needed spark to his team. He had decent passes, ran with the ball, ran without the ball and scored the winner from a free-kick. He should definitely start next game as the other strikers have not been producing anything close to what he has.

Andros Townsend – He came on late for Capoue but did not have much effect on the game.

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