England international live-wire Andros Townsend put in a wonderful showing to help Tottenham Hotspurs to a 2-0 away league win over Aston Villa at Villa Park.
The away side created the first chance of the half with 17 minutes on the clock, when Sandro combined well with Gylfi Sigurdsson but his shot was saved in the bottom left corner by Villa goalkeeper Brad Guzan.
Andreas Weimann then responded for the home side with a left footed shot from outside the box in the 26th minute but his shot was high and wide to the left.
Soon after Tottenham grabbed the lead through in-form winger Andros Townsend in the 31st minute, when the winger’s cross which was aimed at Roberto Soldado and Lewis Holtby evaded everyone and ended up in the far corner.
Sigurdsson should have doubled the visitors lead five minutes later when he got on the end of a Jan Vertonghen cross but could only manage to aim header wide of the target.
Fabian Delph and Leandro Bacuna both had long-range efforts fly high and wide for the Villians before the stroke of half-time.
Weimann came closest for Villa on 41 minutes but the forward’s shot went just wide of Hugo Lloris’ right-hand post.
Andres Villas Boas’ side came out stronger when the second-half resumed, with Brazilian midfielder forcing a smart save out of American keeper Guzan in the 50th minute.
The hosts pushed forward in search of an equaliser and Paul Lambert brought on Christian Benteke in place of Libor Kozák.
The Belgium international striker did not have to wait long before his first chance, the substitute though could only head over from a Bacuna cross in the 64th minute.
Benteke shifted the momentum in favour of the home side, but the game was all but over when Spurs striker Soldado ran onto a perfectly weighted through pass by Paulinho, to score his first goal for the London side in open play.
Spurs should have had a third with 10 minutes remaining but Paulinho could only manage to head a cross from the ever dangerous winger Townsend, wide from point-blank range.
Wiemann had a few half chances for Villa as the game came to an end, but the London side looked comfortable throughout the 90 minutes and ran out deserved winners and moved them up to fifth place in the league.
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