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  • Date:02 Oct 2010
  • Kick-off:15:00
  • Venue:White Hart Lane
  • Van der Vaart (45)
    Van der Vaart (74)
  • Albrighton (15)
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93:14 +3.14

Gareth Bale receives a yellow card for time wasting. The referee blows for offside against Gareth Bale. Stephen Warnock takes the free kick.

92:46 +2.46

The ball is sent over by Gareth Bale, save made by Brad Friedel.

92:13 +2.13

The ball is sent over by Barry Bannan.

88:52

Barry Bannan gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Rafael Van der Vaart. Raniere Sandro is brought on as a substitute for Rafael Van der Vaart. Aaron Lennon restarts play with the free kick.

88:29

Alan Hutton takes a shot. Blocked by James Collins.

88:09

James Collins gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Peter Crouch. Benoit Assou-Ekotto takes the direct free kick.

87:13

Rafael Van der Vaart challenges Richard Dunne unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Stephen Warnock.

86:00

Rafael Van der Vaart challenges Stephen Ireland unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Stephen Warnock.

85:19

Shot from just outside the area by Rafael Van der Vaart goes over the bar.

84:33

James Collins gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Aaron Lennon. James Collins receives a caution for unsporting behaviour. Gareth Bale restarts play with the free kick.

83:31

Corner taken by Ashley Young from the right by-line, Richard Dunne has a headed effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the left of the target.

82:47

The assistant referee flags for offside against Gareth Bale. Brad Friedel takes the free kick.

82:18

A cross is delivered by Gareth Bale, save made by Brad Friedel.

82:11

The ball is sent over by Aaron Lennon.

79:55

John Carew concedes a free kick for a foul on Alan Hutton. Direct free kick taken by Tom Huddlestone. Stephen Ireland is brought on as a substitute for Stiliyan Petrov. Barry Bannan comes on in place of Marc Albrighton.

78:57

Alan Hutton delivers the ball, save by Brad Friedel.

76:36

Free kick awarded for a foul by Stiliyan Petrov on Gareth Bale. Wilson Palacios is brought on as a substitute for Luka Modric. Free kick crossed left-footed by Gareth Bale, clearance made by Richard Dunne. Corner from the right by-line taken by Gareth Bale, brilliant save by Brad Friedel.

74:35

A goal is scored by Rafael Van der Vaart from inside the penalty area to the top left corner of the goal. Tottenham 2-1 Aston Villa.Assist on the goal came from Peter Crouch.

71:16

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Benoit Assou-Ekotto by John Carew. Sebastien Bassong restarts play with the free kick.

71:07

Aaron Lennon takes a shot. Brad Friedel makes a save.

70:28

Ashley Young is caught offside. Heurelho Gomes takes the indirect free kick.

69:20

Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Luka Modric, Peter Crouch has a headed effort from close in and clears the bar.

68:41

Centre by Marc Albrighton, Headed effort from deep inside the penalty area by John Carew misses to the left of the goal.

66:17

Shot by John Carew from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the target.

65:45

Shot from outside the box by Nigel Reo-Coker goes wide right of the target.

64:21

Stiliyan Petrov takes a shot. Heurelho Gomes makes a save.

63:27

Stewart Downing delivers the ball.

63:12

Nigel Reo-Coker takes a shot. Blocked by Tom Huddlestone.

61:47

Benoit Assou-Ekotto takes a shot.

61:32

Corner taken by Rafael Van der Vaart from the right by-line to the near post, Stephen Warnock makes a clearance.

61:16

Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Rafael Van der Vaart from the right by-line to the near post, Nigel Reo-Coker makes a clearance.

61:07

Alan Hutton crosses the ball, clearance by James Collins.

59:06

Tom Huddlestone takes a shot. James Collins makes a clearance.

58:47

Corner taken left-footed by Gareth Bale.

58:33

Rafael Van der Vaart takes a shot. Blocked by Richard Dunne.

57:42

Benoit Assou-Ekotto delivers the ball, clearance by Nigel Reo-Coker.

56:36

Stephen Warnock concedes a free kick for a foul on Aaron Lennon. The free kick is delivered left-footed by Rafael Van der Vaart from right channel, clearance by John Carew.

54:44

Corner taken by Gareth Bale, Header on goal by Peter Crouch from inside the box goes harmlessly over the target.

54:38

Gareth Bale delivers the ball, blocked by Luke Young.

53:52

A cross is delivered by John Carew.

51:10

Rafael Van der Vaart produces a right-footed shot from deep inside the six-yard box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.

48:48

Corner taken by Ashley Young from the left by-line, Stewart Downing produces a left-footed shot from deep inside the six-yard box which goes wide of the right-hand post.

47:32

Tom Huddlestone fouled by John Carew, the ref awards a free kick. Tom Huddlestone takes the free kick.

47:14

Tom Huddlestone gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on John Carew. Stiliyan Petrov takes the direct free kick.

47:00 +2.00

Rafael Van der Vaart finds the back of the net with a headed goal from close in. Tottenham 1-1 Aston Villa.Assist on the goal came from Peter Crouch.

46:31

Marc Albrighton concedes a free kick for a foul on Benoit Assou-Ekotto. Direct free kick taken by Benoit Assou-Ekotto.

46:20 +1.20

Rafael Van der Vaart takes a shot. Blocked by James Collins. Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Luka Modric from the left by-line, save by Brad Friedel.

45:43 +0.43

Ashley Young takes a shot. Save by Heurelho Gomes.

45:32

Gareth Bale sends in a cross, James Collins makes a clearance.

45:11 +0.11

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Luke Young by Gareth Bale. James Collins takes the free kick.

45:01

Aaron Lennon on for Roman Pavlyuchenko.

44:27

Free kick awarded for a foul by Marc Albrighton on Alan Hutton. Marc Albrighton shown a yellow card. Rafael Van der Vaart delivers the ball from the free kick left-footed from right wing, save by Brad Friedel.

43:31

Corner taken left-footed by Rafael Van der Vaart to the near post, save made by Brad Friedel.

43:21

Rafael Van der Vaart takes a shot. Save by Brad Friedel.

41:52

Unfair challenge on Ashley Young by Tom Huddlestone results in a free kick. Ashley Young has a direct shot on goal from the free kick.

41:13

The ball is swung over by Stewart Downing, John Carew produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that misses to the right of the net.

38:52

Gareth Bale delivers the ball, Roman Pavlyuchenko has an effort at goal from close in which goes wide right of the target.

38:41

Gareth Bale crosses the ball, clearance made by Richard Dunne.

38:12

Foul by Nigel Reo-Coker on Peter Crouch, free kick awarded. Luka Modric restarts play with the free kick.

37:46

Stiliyan Petrov takes the chance to get an effort at goal and missed to the left of the goal.

36:38

Foul by Jermaine Jenas on Ashley Young, free kick awarded. James Collins restarts play with the free kick.

36:19

The ball is sent over by Alan Hutton, clearance made by Richard Dunne.

35:35

Jermaine Jenas takes a shot. Stiliyan Petrov gets a block in.

34:48

John Carew replaces Emile Heskey.

34:16

Emile Heskey is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Tom Huddlestone takes the free kick.

34:10

Centre by Marc Albrighton.

33:13

Ashley Young is ruled offside. Free kick taken by Tom Huddlestone.

31:41

Stiliyan Petrov challenges Luka Modric unfairly and gives away a free kick. Benoit Assou-Ekotto takes the free kick.

30:18

Jermaine Jenas gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Marc Albrighton. Direct free kick taken by Ashley Young.

29:54

Rafael Van der Vaart crosses the ball, save made by Brad Friedel.

29:37

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Peter Crouch by James Collins. Direct free kick taken by Luka Modric.

28:24

The referee penalises Ashley Young for handball. The referee shows Ashley Young a yellow card. Heurelho Gomes restarts play with the free kick.

27:15

Corner taken by Rafael Van der Vaart from the right by-line played to the near post, Brad Friedel makes a save. Roman Pavlyuchenko challenges Brad Friedel unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Brad Friedel.

25:56

Free kick awarded for a foul by Luke Young on Gareth Bale. Free kick taken by Benoit Assou-Ekotto.

25:06

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Tom Huddlestone by Emile Heskey. Direct free kick taken by Benoit Assou-Ekotto.

24:31

Roman Pavlyuchenko challenges Richard Dunne unfairly and gives away a free kick. Brad Friedel takes the free kick.

23:36

Rafael Van der Vaart takes a shot. Blocked by Nigel Reo-Coker.

22:19

The referee blows for offside. Direct free kick taken by Tom Huddlestone.

21:51

Peter Crouch is ruled offside. Brad Friedel takes the free kick.

20:44

Stewart Downing is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Sebastien Bassong takes the indirect free kick.

20:27

Unfair challenge on Stiliyan Petrov by Peter Crouch results in a free kick. Free kick taken by James Collins.

18:44

Foul by James Collins on Roman Pavlyuchenko, free kick awarded. Rafael Van der Vaart produces a strike on goal direct from the free kick.

17:11

Stiliyan Petrov gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Luka Modric. Tom Huddlestone takes the free kick.

15:46

Marc Albrighton finds the back of the net with a goal from inside the six-yard box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Tottenham 0-1 Aston Villa.Assist on the goal came from Emile Heskey.

15:24

Ashley Young is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Heurelho Gomes takes the free kick.

14:59

Stewart Downing delivers the ball, Stephen Warnock takes a shot. Sebastien Bassong gets a block in.

14:59

Stewart Downing sends in a cross, Stephen Warnock takes a shot. Sebastien Bassong gets a block in.

13:31

Short corner taken by Stewart Downing from the right by-line.

13:17

A cross is delivered by Stewart Downing.

13:07

Marc Albrighton produces a cross, clearance made by Benoit Assou-Ekotto.

12:31

Jermaine Jenas concedes a free kick for a foul on Stiliyan Petrov. James Collins takes the direct free kick.

12:10

Emile Heskey concedes a free kick for a foul on Gareth Bale. Direct free kick taken by Benoit Assou-Ekotto.

10:42

A cross is delivered by Ashley Young, Heurelho Gomes makes a save.

10:02

Outswinging corner taken by Ashley Young, clearance made by Tom Huddlestone.

9:55

The ball is crossed by Marc Albrighton, clearance by Sebastien Bassong.

7:42

Foul by Benoit Assou-Ekotto on Luke Young, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Luke Young.

6:57

Heurelho Gomes fouled by Marc Albrighton, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Tom Huddlestone.

4:49

Peter Crouch produces a right-footed shot from just outside the area that goes wide left of the goal.

4:01

The ball is crossed by Luka Modric, Roman Pavlyuchenko has a header from deep inside the six-yard box and clears the crossbar.

3:39

Corner taken by Rafael Van der Vaart played to the near post, Brad Friedel makes a save.

3:33

The ball is swung over by Rafael Van der Vaart, clearance by James Collins.

2:30

Stephen Warnock produces a cross.

The game gets underway.

The referee blows for half time.

The second half kicks off.

The referee ends the match.

Match Preview

Tottenham will once again check on the fitness of captain Ledley King before deciding on their line-up for the Barclays Premier League clash with Aston Villa.

King overcame problems with his groin and notoriously fragile knees to skipper the side in Wednesday night's Champions League thrashing of FC Twente.

Should he start this weekend, he will once again be partnered by Sebastien Bassong, with William Gallas (groin) and Younes Kaboul (hamstring) both still missing, joining long-term absentees Jermain Defoe, Michael Dawson (both ligament damage), Jamie O'Hara (back) and Jonathan Woodgate (groin) on the sidelines.

Meanwhile, manager Harry Redknapp has welcomed former Liverpool boss Gerard Houllier's return to English football.

"He's a great football man so it's good to have him back in the game," he said of the Frenchman.

"It was a big shock Martin left, for sure.

"But they've got a very, very good group of players there, who last year were always pushing for a top-four finish.

"They've been a top-six team for the last couple years and they'll be right there again this year, I'm sure."

Ashley Young is on the verge of signing a new long-term contract with Aston Villa.

Houllier confirmed that Young will be tying up his new deal "sooner rather than later", and he is expected to commit for four years.

Young, who has just under two years left of his current contract, has started the season in sparkling form.

He has effectively switched from the wing into a second striker role behind Emile Heskey.

When asked about Young's new contract, Houllier said: "The good news should come early, sooner rather than later."

Young will line up against Tottenham who were linked with trying to sign the player from Villa during the summer.

Houllier has challenged him to take his game to another level so he becomes an England regular rather than a squad player.

The former Liverpool boss said: "Ashley, to me, has international qualities.

"He is clever, reads the game well, works hard, is quick, has got quick feet, can score goals, make goals, takes part in movements to prepare goals.

"Whether he can play for the national team is not down to me to say yes or no.

"All I know is that we want the player to step up another level because he is on the fringe of the international team.

"I want him to be a regular player (for England).

"If you are happy with your game, you are not going to improve. You will stay at the same level and then some players will overtake you.

"But his involvement and dedication to what he does at training is really a good sign for the future for him."

Defender Richard Dunne is back in contention after recovering from a knee problem but striker Gabriel Agbonlahor is out.

Republic of Ireland international Dunne, who missed the Carling Cup clash with Blackburn and the league derby at Wolves, resumed training this week after undergoing a scan but has to see whether Houllier will hand him an instant recall or keep faith with the James Collins-Carlos Cuellar partnership.

Agbonlahor will undergo a minor groin operation on Monday and is expected to be sidelined for at least two weeks, while Emile Heskey will be looking to score for the third successive match after being revitalised since the arrival of Houllier.

Formation:442Manager: Harry Redknapp

Tottenham

Formation: 451Manager: Gerard Houllier

Aston Villa

  • Heurelho Gomes
  • Alan Hutton
  • Tom Huddlestone
  • Sebastien Bassong
  • Benoit Assou-Ekotto
  • Rafael Van der Vaart
  • Jermaine Jenas
  • Luka Modric
  • Gareth Bale
  • Roman Pavlyuchenko
  • Peter Crouch
  • SUBS
  • Carlo Cudicini
  • Aaron Lennon
  • Robbie Keane
  • Wilson Palacios
  • Niko Kranjcar
  • Vedran Corluka
  • Raniere Sandro

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Match Report

Van the man again for Spurs Rafael van der Vaart cemented his status as Tottenham's new talisman as they came from behind to beat Aston Villa 2-1 in the Barclays Premier League. Van der Vaart scored twice to take his tally to four goals in three appearances at White Hart Lane, his #8million signing looking more of a bargain by the day. Not for the first time after a Champions League match this season, Spurs paid for a slow first half and Marc Albrighton's first Villa goal almost handed the visitors a half-time lead but Van der Vaart levelled deep into stoppage time before rifling home a 75th-minute winner to end Gerard Houllier's winning start as Villa boss. It was a virtuoso performance by the transfer-deadline-day capture from Real Madrid following his Jekyll-and-Hyde display against FC Twente in midweek, demonstrating just how much he will be missed for this month's trip to Inter Milan. Tottenham fielded a makeshift centre-back partnership today of Tom Huddlestone and Sebastien Bassong, their 10th in 12 games this injury-blighted season, after Ledley King failed a late fitness test. Even with King available on Wednesday night, Spurs looked too open for comfort at times and today's line-up appeared even more attack-minded. And they should have been ahead inside five minutes today when Roman Pavlyuchenko nodded over Luka Modric's left-wing cross. But Villa began to take control of the game and, after a couple of half-hearted penalty appeals, they went ahead. Terrible defending from Bassong saw him robbed by Emile Heskey down the right and the revitalised former England striker sprinted along the byline before crossing for Albrighton to slide home. Spurs screamed for a penalty themselves 22 minutes in when Pavlyuchenko's shot hit the recalled Richard Dunne's hand but it was not intentional and Alan Hutton sent the follow-up into the side-netting. Ashley Young was needlessly booked for deliberate handball and Villa suffered a second blow when lone frontman Heskey limped off to be replaced by John Carew 10 minutes before the break. Pavlyuchenko wasted another chance to score four minutes later, hooking Gareth Bale's excellent low cross wide from six yards. Carew and Young both fired over from 20 yards, Brad Friedel was almost caught out by Van der Vaart's skidding effort, Albrighton was cautioned for a foul on Hutton and Young sent a shot on the turn straight at Heurelho Gomes. Van der Vaart then levelled three minutes into stoppage time when he climbed above Dunne to nod home after Peter Crouch had headed Pavlyuchenko's ball back across goal. The Holland midfielder was moved from the right into a more central role after the restart, with Pavlyuchenko withdrawn for Aaron Lennon. The change almost paid dividends in the 51st minute when Lennon stood a cross up for Crouch once again to nod down but Van der Vaart was somehow beaten to the ball by a desperate Stiliyan Petrov lunge. Van der Vaart saw his next effort blocked by Dunne after being found in acres of space by Bale as Tottenham began to crank up the pressure. But Villa remained a threat on the break and Huddlestone was looking uncomfortable up against Carew, with the striker and Albrighton both inches from connecting with Young's dangerous cross. Crouch should have put Spurs ahead 20 minutes from time when he powered a header over the bar after Huddlestone had flicked on Modric's corner. Moments later, Lennon forced a fine stop from Friedel with a low angled drive and, when he stood up another dangerous cross - this time with his left foot - 15 minutes from time, Spurs took the lead. Crouch once more claimed the knockdown and this time there was no stopping Van der Vaart as he kept his cool to blast the ball past Friedel. Harry Redknapp withdrew Modric for Wilson Palacios and Villa soon made a double change, throwing on Stephen Ireland and Barry Bannan for Petrov and Albrighton. Dunne nodded a late corner off target and James Collins was booked for felling Lennon in full flight, only escaping a straight red by covering defenders. Lennon was rampant and his latest cross found Hutton, whose shot was blocked before Van der Vaart was substituted to a standing ovation in the final minute, Sandro coming on to make his Premier League debut.

Form Guide

    DWLDWL
  • Tottenham
  • VS
  • Aston Villa
  • WLWLDW

Last Meetings

  • Tottenham
  • 0 - 0
  • Aston Villa
  • 06/02/2010
  • Aston Villa
  • 1 - 1
  • Tottenham
  • 28/11/2009
  • Aston Villa
  • 1 - 2
  • Tottenham
  • 15/03/2009
  • Tottenham
  • 1 - 2
  • Aston Villa
  • 15/09/2008
  • Aston Villa
  • 2 - 1
  • Tottenham
  • 01/01/2008
  • Tottenham
  • 4 - 4
  • Aston Villa
  • 01/10/2007

Top Scorers

Tottenham

  • G Bale 2
  • R Pavlyuchenko 1
  • A Hutton 1
  • L Modric 1

Aston Villa

  • S Downing 3
  • E Heskey 1
  • L Young 1
  • S Petrov 1
  • A Young 1

Goals

Tottenham

    • Total goals 11
    • Goals per game 6
  • 1 (For) Period 11-20 mins
  • 2 (For) 2 (Against) Period 21-30 mins
  • (For) 2 (Against) Period 41-50 mins
  • 1 (For) 1 (Against) Period 71-80 mins
  • 2 (For) Period 81-90 mins

Aston Villa

    • Total goals 13
    • Goals per game 8
  • 1 (For) Period 0-10 mins
  • 2 (For) 1 (Against) Period 11-20 mins
  • 1 (For) Period 21-30 mins
  • 2 (For) 3 (Against) Period 31-40 mins
  • 1 (For) 2 (Against) Period 61-70 mins
  • (For) 1 (Against) Period 71-80 mins
  • 1 (For) 3 (Against) Period 81-90 mins

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