Gallery: Player Ratings – Tottenham Hotspur 3-1 Aston Villa

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Dom Le Roy

Victory by a comfortable margin, a winning start to the new season. Enjoy, celebrate. Move on.

Don’t, for a moment, dwell on the turgid first half.

Except City and Liverpool had already announced the relentless nature of the race to the top this season and we’d been here before: the pre-season victories with kids against the top sides in the world; the phoney trophies … and then the season realities and two months of draws and the occasional defeat.

So well done, Poch. Was it a tactical call at half time or just the rocket inserted? No matter. Right now, I’m joining everyone else and we’re celebrating. Not just the victory and the points and the season start but the fact that we looked like a team for twenty minutes there and the season ahead has the promise we hoped for.

Walker-Peters – 7

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Fifteen minutes from the end: ‘W-P, man of the match’, inquired my companion in the stand. Not the worst call at that stage. W-P: the bastard love child of Kyle Walker and Martin Peters, one of our own indeed. People say he’s not physically strong enough – not a criticism you could level at him on today’s evidence.

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