Half-time at Villa Park…

Aston Villa 1-0 Tottenham Hotspur

Spurs are all at sea right now and are very lucky to only trail by a single goal.

It was the home side who made an emphatic start, taking the lead inside eight minutes.

Jacob Ramsey smashed the ball low beyond Fraser Forster after Leon Bailey had picked him out. The Spurs already looked sluggish and off the pace. Their long-suffering supporters responded with calls for Chairman, Daniel Levy’s departure.

Spurs had offered very little in the way of an attacking threat. However, they passed up a huge opportunity to equalise when Heung-min Son beat Villa’s off-side trap and rounded Emiliano Martinez, only to send his shot against an upright with the goal gaping. Harry Kane followed up, but Martinez was quick to his feet and turned the effort aside.

Tottenham’s wastefulness almost proved costly. Forster stuck out a glove to beat out Bailey’s close-range effort, while hearts were in mouths when Ollie Watkins went over in the box. Referee, Peter Bankes gave himself time before insisting no foul had been committed.

Watkins was a whisker away from a telling touch to Alex Moreno’s volleyed cross, while Emiliano Buendia hit the frame of the goal as Villa continued to dominate.

It’s already looking a long way back for the North Londoners.

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Brian Jeeves

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