Aston Villa 0-2 Tottenham: Spurs close gap on Leicester to two points

14 Mar

Tottenham moved to within two points of Premier League leaders Leicester following this 2-0 win at Villa Park.

Spurs were not even at their best, but against Aston Villa you don’t have to be and Harry Kane scored twice in what was an easy three points as Mauricio Pochettino’s men deservedly led at the break.

The hosts’ best chance of the game did not come until the final 10 minutes when they twice hit the woodwork through Rudy Gestede and Joleon Lescott.

But it always looked like Spurs would score first and it was through Kane on the stroke of half-time.

The England striker had been threatening to add to his goal tally from the start and he hit the bar early on and should have scored 20 minutes later when presented with one of the easiest chances he’s ever likely to get.

Brad Guzan, however, was equal to it.

Gestede and Jordan Veretout had half chances of their own and Kane had another opportunity to open the scoring when he charged down the left hand side and into the area, but Guzan parried his angled shot.

Lamela hit the post shortly afterwards and Villa should have made Hugo Lloris work harder than he did when Gestede had a free shot 12 yards out.

Guzan was finally beaten with virtually the final kick of the opening 45 minutes when Dele Alli’s quick free-kick found Kane’s run and the striker steered his effort across the goal and into the bottom corner.

Tottenham were quickest off the blocks after the restart, too, when Lamela played in Alli down the left whose cross was met by Kane for his second of the game.

It was Kane’s 19th league goal of the season and 21st in all competitions, which is one less than what Villa’s entire team have managed in 30 games so far.

Villa rallied late on when Jordan Ayew overpowered Mousa Dembele on the left and his shot hit the post with Gestede’s follow up rattling the bar.

Minutes later Lescott missed a sitter inside the six-yard box as his shot struck the post and rolled behind the goal.

Tottenham fans will now be hoping Newcastle do them a favour against Leicester on Monday night, while Villa’s fans, players and manager will be wishing the season could simply end tomorrow.


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