Villa Fall to Spurs at The Lane

Aston Villa are still looking for a first away win of the season after losing 2-0 in what was a tighter affair than the scoreline suggests.

Villa Fall to Spurs at The Lane
Villa Fall to Spurs at The Lane

Paul Lambert's decision not to start Darren Bent, who scored off the bench against West Brom last week, was the focus of much pre-match attention. And the England striker must have been frustrated as he watched from the sidelines as colleague Christian Benteke was twice denied by Hugo Lloris and then headed a golden chance just wide. However, it was Tottenham who did most of the early attacking as Lennon and Bale looked constant threats.

Agbonlahor was denied by the on form Lloris, who replaced Brad Friedal to bring the American's run of 310 consecutive Premier League appearances to an end. As the second half wore on, Spurs looked to attack more to ensure their fourth consecutive win in the top flight. Jermain Defoe's shot from outside the area looked to be heading wide until it clipped off Steven Caulker's heel to beat Brad Guzan and give the home side the lead.

Bent was intorduced alongside Charles N'Zogbia in the 66th minute, but neither had time to impose themselves on the game before the hosts struck again, this time through a fierce shot by Aaron Lennon, who beat Joe Bennett having been fed by Clint Dempsey's ball. Spurs finished the stronger, with Emmanuel Adebayor coming close late on.

Lambert lamented Villa's missed opportunities after the match. He said: "When you come to places like this, you have to take your chances.

"Their first goal was very fortunate for them. We had two chances beforehand - the header and the shot after the pull-back which went straight at the goalkeeper.

"I said to him just then that you have to score at this level. Christian has to hit the target with his header. They were terrific chances.

"He's only a young lad and he will learn every day but at this level you have to score.

"I thought we gave a very good account of ourselves.”