• Date: Sat 06 February 2010
  • Venue: White Hart Lane
  • Ref: Foy, C
  • Attendance: 35,899

Tottenham Hotspur vs Aston Villa

Team Lineups

Tottenham Hotspur

Heurelho Gomes
Gareth Bale
Michael Dawson
Vedran Corluka
Ledley King
David Bentley
Tom Huddlestone
Wilson Palacios
Luka Modric
Peter Crouch
Jermain Defoe

Aston Villa

Brad Friedel
Luke Young, L
Richard Dunne
Carlos Cuellar
James Collins
Stewart Downing (Steve Sidwell, 88)
Ashley Young, A
James Milner
Stiliyan Petrov
Gabriel Agbonlahor
Emile Heskey (John Carew, 22)

Match Report
Brad Friedel made five wonder saves to help Aston Villa come away with a 0-0 draw at White Hart Lane and stop Tottenham breaking back into the top four. The Villa keeper was the star man on show and single-handedly kept his side in the game as he produced one of his best performances of the season. Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp knew the importance of getting all three points following Liverpool's win over Everton but could only watch in despair as his side blew the chance to overtake the Merseyside club. Tottenham have now won just one league game in 2010 and will have to get back on the winning trail sooner rather than later if they are to play in the Champions League next season. The home side dominated the opening exchanges and Ledley King blew a golden chance on 13 minutes. David Bentley's corner picked out the Tottenham skipper who was unmarked inside the box but directed his close-range header straight at Friedel. The Villa keeper kept his side in the game again on 17 minutes after Luka Modric's pass had picked out Peter Crouch whose left-foot shot produced a fine save from Friedel. It seemed only a matter of time before Tottenham would open the scoring but they were denied once again on 23 minutes when Tom Huddlestone unleashed a powerful 30-yard strike which produced another fine save from Friedel. Modric reacted the quickest to the rebound but saw his shot deflect off Carlos Cuellar for a corner. Villa finally woke up and could have snatched an undeserved lead on 27 minutes when Heurelho Gomes had to be at his best to deny James Milner's long-range shot and then stop Gabriel Agbonlahor's follow-up. Villa knew the importance of getting something from the game and were thankful for Friedel producing one of his best displays of the season. Bentley's free-kick on 40 minutes was flicked on by Crouch to King whose little flick looked destined for the top corner, but Friedel came to Villa's rescue once again with another superb save. Jermain Defoe scooped the rebound over the bar. No guessing who denied Tottenham once again on 59 minutes when Huddlestone fired another shot from the edge of the box which was tipped away by Friedel diving low to his right. Tottenham continued to press for the opening goal but were denied once again on 79 minutes when Crouch saw his deflected shot fall just wide of the post. The home side must have known it was not going to be their day when Crouch missed another sitter on 89 minutes when he was just two yards out, but back-heeled the ball inches wide of the goal.
Live Text Commentary
Full time

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.

Second half

Spurs start the second period, with no half time changes from either side.

Half time

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.

Awaiting Kickoff

Martin O'Neill names the same team that won at Fulham last week for this crucial clash in the battle for fourth place.

Awaiting Kickoff

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.