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|Luke Young, L|
|Stewart Downing (Steve Sidwell, 88)|
|Ashley Young, A|
|Emile Heskey (John Carew, 22)|
The final whistle goes. Spurs just could not break Villa down and will reflect on this as two points dropped in the tight battle for fourth place.
Bentley lets fly from 18 yards and another heroic block brings a corner.
Into three minutes of stoppage time at White Hart Lane.
Huddlestone has a shot deflected behind and Crouch somehow pokes wide from the resulting corner.
Defoe forces Friedel into a neat save as Spurs continue to pour forward.
Stewart Downing is replaced by Steve Sidwell.
Defoe goes down in the box, but the referee says no penalty.
Spurs are finishing strongly, but they still cannot break down Villa.
Bale does well to claim possession 30 yards out and is tripped by Petrov. Collins blocks Bale's shot.
A superb Spurs move releases Crouch for a shot, but Collins does well to get a block in, although the ball nearly spins past the diving Friedel.
More good work from Bentley wins another corner. Villa clear.
Patient build-up by Spurs releases Bentley on the right, who cuts in and shoots with his left foot. Dunne clears behind. The corner is cleared.
Instead of becoming more open this match is getting more scrappy as the teams start to cancel each other out.
Crouch does well to get a header on goal from Corluka's looping cross, but his effort drops onto the top netting.
Carew hooks goalwards after Huddlestone missed Cuellar's chip into the box. An easy save for Gomes.
Villa are starting to press more as Spurs surrender possession too early in the search of the killer early ball.
A slight delay as Agbonlahor receives on-field treatment after a firm but fair challenge from Huddlestone.
New signings Kaboul and Gudjohnsen are warming up for Spurs.
Modric has a shot deflected behind and the corner is cleared.
Corluka wins a free kick near the lefthand Villa corner flag, but Bale's delivery is poor.
Huddlestone forces Friedel into a full-length diving save to his right with a low, fizzing drive.
King trips Carew 25 yards out. Ashley Young shoots well wide - another wasted free kick.
Bentley loses control when he should get a cross in from the righthand side of the box and fouls Dunne in the process, who has been excellent.
Villa have started the second half better than they did the first, but it is still Tottenham who are calling the shots.
Corluka and Defoe play a neat one-two in the right channel, but the right back cannot wrap his foot around the ball to deliver from the byline.
King hauls Agbonlahor down 20 yards out, but Downing's free kick is a poor one that goes high over the bar.
Modric tees-up Huddlestone for a volley on the edge of the Villa box, but for once the big midfielder does not strike his effort cleanly, the ball going well wide.
Bentley clips Stewart Downing in a dangerous area on the Spurs right wing, but Ashley Young's cross is headed away by Crouch.
Spurs start the second period, with no half time changes from either side.
An entertaining first half comes to a close. Spurs have been the better team but they might regret not taking one of their many chances, as Villa always a pose a threat on the break.
One minute will be added.
This half has flown by and it seems unlikely the match will remain goalless, such is the attacking talent on display.
Defoe should score. Bentley finds Corluka with the free kick, Friedel saves from King's flick and Defoe scoops over on the stretch from 6 yards.
Crouch is pushed by Collins 35 yards out. A chance for Spurs to get the ball into the Villa box.
Villa are showing why they have the tightest defence in the division - Spurs are moving the ball well but cannot break through.
The match is settling down a bit after a frantic start, but Spurs are still dominant.
Carlos Cuellar bundles Peter Crouch over near the left corner flag. Bentley's cross is flicked over by Dawson from six yards.
A good double save by Gomes, from Milner from distance and Agbonlahor at close range. This match is really warming up.
Spurs are playing some great football, but as has been the case at home recently, they cannot find the net - Tom Huddlestone lets fly from 25 yards, forcing Friedel into a smart save. A desperate challenge from Collins stops Modric from tapping in.
Heskey cannot continue. The fit-again John Carew comes on.
Gabriel Agbonlahor turns on the penalty spot and it takes a fine block from Michael Dawson to prevent Gomes being worked.
Crouch and Modric combine and the big striker has a good chance 10 yards out, but Dunne and Friedel combine to clear behind. The best chance so far.
The match is being played at a furious speed, with Spurs bossing possession and creating the clear chances. Villa are so dangerous on the break, so the hosts must be wary in attack.
Ledley King evades Heskey to get a free header at goal, but he heads straight at the keeper.
Dunne tackles Bentley to concede the first corner.
Emile Heskey is limping after suffering an early knock but he is fit to continue.
David Bentley skips past Luke Young and unleashes a fizzing 25-yard effort from the right flank that goes just wide of Friedel's righthand post.
Modric strides forward after playing a one-two with Wilson Palacios, but he fires over.
Things are getting scrappy in the middle of the pitch, with no one able to put their foot on the ball and dictate play.
Luka Modric has the first chance, scuffing an effort from Peter Crouch's header. Brad Friedel gathers easily.
A poor pass by Stiliyan Petrov to Richard Dunne nearly lets in Jermain Defoe, but the big defender clears.
Spurs have started the better in a match that has begun at a high tempo.
Referee Chris Foy starts proceedings at White Hart Lane.
Martin O'Neill names the same team that won at Fulham last week for this crucial clash in the battle for fourth place.
Harry Redknapp makes three changes from the team that beat Leeds in midweek, Ledley King, Wilson Palacios and Luka Modric coming in for Sebastien Bassong, Jermaine Jenas and Niko Kranjcar.
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