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  • Date:2010-02-06
  • Kick-off:17:30
  • Venue:White Hart Lane
  • Attendance:35899
  • Referee:Foy, C

Live Commentary

90mins

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.

90mins

Bentley lets fly from 18 yards and another heroic block brings a corner.

90mins

Into three minutes of stoppage time at White Hart Lane.

90mins

Huddlestone has a shot deflected behind and Crouch somehow pokes wide from the resulting corner.

89mins

Defoe forces Friedel into a neat save as Spurs continue to pour forward.

88mins

Stewart Downing is replaced by Steve Sidwell.

86mins

Defoe goes down in the box, but the referee says no penalty.

85mins

Spurs are finishing strongly, but they still cannot break down Villa.

82mins

Bale does well to claim possession 30 yards out and is tripped by Petrov. Collins blocks Bale's shot.

81mins

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.

79mins

More good work from Bentley wins another corner. Villa clear.

77mins

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.

74mins

Instead of becoming more open this match is getting more scrappy as the teams start to cancel each other out.

72mins

Crouch does well to get a header on goal from Corluka's looping cross, but his effort drops onto the top netting.

70mins

Carew hooks goalwards after Huddlestone missed Cuellar's chip into the box. An easy save for Gomes.

69mins

Villa are starting to press more as Spurs surrender possession too early in the search of the killer early ball.

67mins

A slight delay as Agbonlahor receives on-field treatment after a firm but fair challenge from Huddlestone.

65mins

New signings Kaboul and Gudjohnsen are warming up for Spurs.

62mins

Modric has a shot deflected behind and the corner is cleared.

61mins

Corluka wins a free kick near the lefthand Villa corner flag, but Bale's delivery is poor.

60mins

Huddlestone forces Friedel into a full-length diving save to his right with a low, fizzing drive.

58mins

King trips Carew 25 yards out. Ashley Young shoots well wide - another wasted free kick.

57mins

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.

54mins

Villa have started the second half better than they did the first, but it is still Tottenham who are calling the shots.

51mins

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.

49mins

King hauls Agbonlahor down 20 yards out, but Downing's free kick is a poor one that goes high over the bar.

48mins

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.

46mins

Bentley clips Stewart Downing in a dangerous area on the Spurs right wing, but Ashley Young's cross is headed away by Crouch.

45mins

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

45mins

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.

44mins

One minute will be added.

42mins

This half has flown by and it seems unlikely the match will remain goalless, such is the attacking talent on display.

40mins

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.

39mins

Crouch is pushed by Collins 35 yards out. A chance for Spurs to get the ball into the Villa box.

36mins

Villa are showing why they have the tightest defence in the division - Spurs are moving the ball well but cannot break through.

33mins

The match is settling down a bit after a frantic start, but Spurs are still dominant.

30mins

Carlos Cuellar bundles Peter Crouch over near the left corner flag. Bentley's cross is flicked over by Dawson from six yards.

27mins

A good double save by Gomes, from Milner from distance and Agbonlahor at close range. This match is really warming up.

24mins

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.

22mins

Heskey cannot continue. The fit-again John Carew comes on.

20mins

Gabriel Agbonlahor turns on the penalty spot and it takes a fine block from Michael Dawson to prevent Gomes being worked.

18mins

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.

17mins

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.

15mins

Ledley King evades Heskey to get a free header at goal, but he heads straight at the keeper.

15mins

Dunne tackles Bentley to concede the first corner.

13mins

Emile Heskey is limping after suffering an early knock but he is fit to continue.

10mins

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.

9mins

Modric strides forward after playing a one-two with Wilson Palacios, but he fires over.

8mins

Things are getting scrappy in the middle of the pitch, with no one able to put their foot on the ball and dictate play.

5mins

Luka Modric has the first chance, scuffing an effort from Peter Crouch's header. Brad Friedel gathers easily.

4mins

A poor pass by Stiliyan Petrov to Richard Dunne nearly lets in Jermain Defoe, but the big defender clears.

2mins

Spurs have started the better in a match that has begun at a high tempo.

0mins

Referee Chris Foy starts proceedings at White Hart Lane.

0mins

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

0mins

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.

Match Preview

Tottenham Hotspur face Aston Villa on Saturday evening in what looks set to be a mouthwatering clash between two top-four pretenders.

Harry Redknapp and Martin O'Neill will put their tactical prowess to the test at White Hart Lane with just two points separating the pair.

Spurs sit in fourth place with Villa in seventh in a top-of-table battle that is taking great shape.

Redknapp allowed Robbie Keane to join Scottish giants Celtic on loan until the end of the current campaign but moved to bring in former Chelsea idol Eidur Gudjohnsen to plug the void left by the Republic of Ireland star.

Keane's move may allow unsettled Russia striker Roman Pavlyuchenko the opportunity to finally stake his claim for a starting spot but, with Jermain Defoe and Peter Crouch in fine form, the England boys are likely to be certain starters.

Villa boast a fine English striker of their own in Gabriel Agbonlahor and it was his quick-fire double last Saturday that secured a 2-0 win at Fulham and he looks set to play alongside Emile Heskey, who is back in the starting eleven after a spell on the sidelines.

The win against th Cottagers capped a fantastic opening month to the new year for Villa.

O'Neill's men remained undefeated in all competition through January and have earned themselves a place in the Carling Cup final and a spot in the FA Cup fifth round.

Benoit Assou-Ekotto, Aaron Lennon and Jonathan Woodgate are still on the sidelines for Spurs with groin injuries.

The visitors will be without Nigel Reo-Coker (ankle) for the trip to the capital and lofty forward John Carew (knee) and Stephen Warnock (shin) both face late fitness tests ahead of the clash.


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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.

Tottenham Hotspur

Aston Villa

Corners

124

Fouls

1114

Goal attempts

Shots off target

105

Offsides

30

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