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Jermain Defoe takes a shot from deep inside the box clearing the bar.
Raniere Sandro is brought on as a substitute for Luka Modric.
Scott Parker has a shot on goal from outside the box which misses right.
Fabian Delph comes on in place of Chris Herd.
Stiliyan Petrov gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Gareth Bale. Stiliyan Petrov is cautioned. Luka Modric delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from right wing, blocked by Stiliyan Petrov. Short corner taken by Luka Modric from the right by-line.
Scott Parker takes a shot. Blocked by James Collins. Corner taken by Luka Modric from the left by-line to the near post, Darren Bent manages to make a clearance.
Benoit Assou-Ekotto produces a cross, clearance by James Collins. Short corner taken by Luka Modric.
Emile Heskey challenges Luka Modric unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick crossed right-footed by Luka Modric, James Collins makes a clearance.
Kyle Walker crosses the ball, James Collins manages to make a clearance.
Emmanuel Adebayor takes a shot. Shay Given makes a save.
Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Luka Modric.
The ball is swung over by Richard Dunne, clearance made by Younes Kaboul.
Barry Bannan takes the inswinging corner, Emmanuel Adebayor manages to make a clearance.
Close range effort by Aaron Lennon misses to the right of the goal. Rafael Van der Vaart goes off and Jermain Defoe comes on.
Gareth Bale takes a shot. Save made by Shay Given.
The assistant referee signals for offside against Rafael Van der Vaart. Indirect free kick taken by Shay Given.
Barry Bannan is brought on as a substitute for Carlos Cuellar.
Aaron Lennon is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Shay Given restarts play with the free kick.
Emmanuel Adebayor has an effort at goal from the edge of the box that misses to the right of the target.
Scott Parker gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Chris Herd. Shay Given takes the free kick.
Gareth Bale produces a cross, clearance by Richard Dunne.
Kyle Walker has shot on goal from just outside the area which goes wide of the right-hand upright.
Short corner taken by Rafael Van der Vaart.
Emmanuel Adebayor has an effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the right of the goal.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Alan Hutton by Benoit Assou-Ekotto. Free kick crossed by Stephen Warnock, save by Brad Friedel.
Stephen Warnock delivers the ball, clearance by Ledley King. Corner from the right by-line taken by Stephen Warnock, Header by Darren Bent from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the target.
Rafael Van der Vaart takes a shot. Save by Shay Given.
Aaron Lennon concedes a free kick for a foul on Gabriel Agbonlahor. Shay Given takes the indirect free kick.
Luka Modric takes a shot. Blocked by Stiliyan Petrov.
Darren Bent takes a shot. Save made by Brad Friedel.
Inswinging corner taken by Rafael Van der Vaart, clearance made by James Collins.
Luka Modric produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that misses to the right of the target.
Unfair challenge on Gareth Bale by Chris Herd results in a free kick. Chris Herd goes into the referee's book for unsporting behaviour. Rafael Van der Vaart crosses the ball from the free kick left-footed from left wing.
A goal is scored by Emmanuel Adebayor from inside the six-yard box low into the middle of the goal. Tottenham 2-0 Aston Villa.The assist for the goal came from Gareth Bale.
Rafael Van der Vaart fouled by Richard Dunne, the ref awards a free kick. Rafael Van der Vaart shoots direct from the free kick, Chris Herd gets a block in.
Scott Parker challenges Darren Bent unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by James Collins.
Shot by Emile Heskey from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the target.
Rafael Van der Vaart produces a left-footed shot from just outside the area that goes harmlessly over the target.
A cross is delivered by Younes Kaboul, Richard Dunne makes a clearance.
A cross is delivered by Gareth Bale, blocked by Stephen Warnock. Short corner taken by Rafael Van der Vaart from the left by-line. The ball is sent over by Aaron Lennon, clearance by James Collins.
Shot from just outside the box by Rafael Van der Vaart misses to the right of the goal.
Rafael Van der Vaart takes a short corner.
Stiliyan Petrov takes the inswinging corner, Emile Heskey produces a header from close range which goes wide of the left-hand upright.
Effort from inside the area by Luka Modric misses to the right of the target.
Outswinging corner taken by Rafael Van der Vaart from the left by-line, Emmanuel Adebayor grabs a goal from inside the six-yard box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Tottenham 1-0 Aston Villa.Assist on the goal came from Gareth Bale.
Younes Kaboul sends in a cross, James Collins manages to make a clearance. Younes Kaboul takes a shot. James Collins gets a block in.
Rafael Van der Vaart decides to take the corner short.
Headed effort from close range by Emmanuel Adebayor goes wide left of the target.
Rafael Van der Vaart sends in a cross, clearance made by James Collins.
The ball is sent over by Scott Parker, Stephen Warnock makes a clearance.
The assistant referee flags for offside against Alan Hutton. Luka Modric takes the free kick.
A cross is delivered by Kyle Walker, James Collins makes a clearance.
Rafael Van der Vaart takes a outswinging corner to the near post, clearance made by Stephen Warnock.
Gareth Bale sends in a cross, clearance by Stephen Warnock.
Stiliyan Petrov concedes a free kick for a foul on Luka Modric. Ledley King takes the direct free kick.
Effort on goal by Darren Bent from just inside the penalty area goes harmlessly over the target.
Dunne targets successful spell for Villa
Richard Dunne is determined the success he has enjoyed with the Republic of Ireland will continue for Aston Villa during a testing period - starting with Monday's clash at Tottenham.
Defender Dunne is on cloud nine after helping his country reach the Euro 2012 finals via their play-off success against Estonia.
But the former Manchester City player wants to transform that success to club level.
Alex McLeish's side have enjoyed a reasonable start to the campaign but now have to face Spurs, Manchester United, Liverpool, Arsenal and Chelsea before the new year.
Dunne said: "I think it's a great achievement what Ireland have managed and we're delighted about what we've done during the week - but that can't be the end of it.
"There are some big games coming up for Villa and it's going to be important for us to be on top form so we can pick up points in December.
"The Tottenham game starts a run of games that are formidable on paper."
Dunne can see encouraging signs under McLeish since he replaced Gerard Houllier during the summer.
He said: "We would like to have won a few more home games and, with our performances, we've deserved to achieve that.
"But we've made a very decent start and I think, with the manager coming in, the main aim was just to make us more solid.
"I think we've got that now, where we're a very solid side and we're difficult to beat.
"If you can do that then the rest, I'm sure, will come and I'm sure there's a lot of games we'll do well in."
Dunne, however, recognises that Tottenham will be difficult opposition especially in front of their own fans.
He said: "Over the past several seasons they have been really pushing on the door to the top four, as we have been.
"They're a team that, at home, will be very powerful, providing a challenge that you then have to rise to.
"But it's always good to go and test yourself against the best players."
Villa will return to action after a 17-day break which has enabled skipper Stiliyan Petrov to recover from a hamstring setback.
Manager McLeish is also hoping striker Gabriel Agbonlahor has recovered from a similar injury which saw him withdraw from the England squad last week.
McLeish said: "This break has been pretty long as we are not playing until Monday evening and it seems like we have been in a mini close season.
"But it also gave a chance for one or two players to get much needed rest and off the training field in terms of one or two little niggles they had."
Tottenham midfielder Rafael van der Vaart could recover from his hamstring injury in time for the clash.
Van der Vaart is rated 75% fit after sustaining the damage while on international duty for Holland against Switzerland.
Vedran Corluka is expected to overcome his ankle problem but Michael Dawson (Achilles) and Tom Huddlestone (ankle) remain out.
Spurs have surged up the Premier League table after amassing seven victories and a draw in eight games.
Only goal difference between themselves and fourth-placed Chelsea is keeping them out of the Champions League places, while they currently have two games in hand on all of their rivals.
Monday night's home clash with Villa - the first of those - gives them a chance to climb into the top four and the club have been lifted by the news that Harry Redknapp should be back in charge.
Redknapp underwent a procedure two weeks ago to insert two stents to unblock coronary arteries and has been recovering since, but is on the brink of a return.
Bond insists it is inevitable Redknapp will feel the tension during games, but insists the 64-year-old needs football to function properly.
"I expect Harry to be back on Monday night," said Bond.
"I don't know if you can keep the pressure off him. When he comes back to work the pressure of the game will be there.
"He won't be able to avoid it in tight matches. By and large he copes with it well.
"Hopefully he'll come back in better health than he went away.
"You can have your bad moments in football and think 'do I need this?', but with Harry that wouldn't last very long.
"There is pressure but he's been doing it for a long time and has learnt to live with that pressure.
"He loves it and would be lost without it."
Adebayor fires Spurs into third
Harry Redknapp enjoyed a successful return to the Tottenham dugout as his side moved into third place in the Barclays Premier League table with an easy 2-0 win over Aston Villa at White Hart Lane.
Emmanuel Adebayor scored his fourth and fifth goals of the campaign in a hugely one-sided affair that should have seen the former Arsenal striker take home the match ball.
Adebayor, who had not scored in his previous six games, put Spurs ahead with a brilliant scissor kick in the 14th minute before he took advantage of a mix-up between Shay Given and James Collins to stab home from less than a yard for his second five minutes before half-time.
The on-loan striker wasted two gilt-edged opportunities for his hat-trick, but his failure to bag a third should not detract from what was a classy display from the home side which stretched their unbeaten run to nine matches - eight of which have been wins.
Luka Modric, Rafael van der Vaart and Scott Parker were all outstanding in a victory that also proved the perfect way for Redknapp to mark his comeback after the heart scare which caused him to undergo surgery three weeks ago.
Before the match began, the home fans greeted Redknapp's appearance at the dugout with warm applause and he also received a hug from opposite number Alex McLeish.
The 64-year-old spoke of how he felt "rough" watching Spurs' nerve-jangling win at Fulham from home on the television two weeks ago, but he had little reason to be worried tonight as his team stamped their dominance on the game from the off.
Indeed, it was McLeish who had the more frantic time early on as he watched his side hit by a series of Tottenham attacks.
The first time Redknapp took to his feet was in the 11th minute when Aaron Lennon collected a cross-field ball from Benoit Assou-Ekotto and whipped in a curling cross that Adebayor somehow headed wide from eight yards.
The striker redeemed himself two minutes later by putting Tottenham ahead.
After seeing Younes Kaboul's shot cleared off the line, Van der Vaart whipped in a corner that fell to Gareth Bale. The Welshman hammered a miscued effort that flew up in the air and Adebayor was on hand to convert an acrobatic effort from 10 yards.
Spurs had their tails up and pushed for a second. Modric side-footed just wide before Van der Vaart ploughed an ambitious shot into the side-netting.
Former Spurs man Darren Bent looked isolated up front for Villa and he had to wait until the 24th minute for his first sniff of goal, but Parker appeared from nowhere to execute a perfectly-timed sliding tackle.
Just before half-hour mark Adebayor nutmegged his marker to send Van der Vaart galloping free, but the Dutchman's audacious attempt to lob Shay Given failed and the ball sailed over the Villa goal.
A rare error from Parker allowed Gabriel Agbonlahor to break down the left but Kaboul powered back to steal the ball from the striker.
The home fans mocked the away side's performance, but Tottenham still only had one a one-goal advantage despite their dominance.
That changed five minutes before half-time when Adebayor made it 2-0.
Collins' failure to clear Bale's low ball caught Given unawares, causing the 'keeper to fumble the Welshman's cross into the path of Adebayor, who made no mistake from less than a yard.
Brad Friedel made his first save of the game to deny Emile Heskey just after the break, but Spurs were soon back in the ascendancy.
Adebayor should have grabbed his hat-trick when he broke clear, but he could only shoot wide when clean through.
Kyle Walker then flashed a 20-yard drive just past Given's right-hand post before Adebayor curled a brilliant shot inches wide.
Jermain Defoe came on for Van der Vaart with 20 minutes left.
Another chance for Adebayor to notch his third came and went 13 minutes from time when he shot straight at Given after the Republic of Ireland stopper fumbled another cross - this time from Modric, who was putting in one of his best performances of the season.
Collins was then on hand to block Assou-Ekotto's goal-bound shot as Tottenham continued their pursuit of a third.
Modric received a standing ovation when he was replaced by Sandro in injury time shortly after Parker blazed over.
Defoe shot over seconds later and Spurs had to settle for a two-goal victory margin, which Redknapp toasted at the end by saluting the applauding Tottenham fans.
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