Match Of The Week 3: Tottenham Hotspur 2-0 Aston Villa

With seven wins from eight games and twenty-two points from a possible twenty-four, the sun is rising over the white and navy blue corner of North London at the moment. This evening’s match against Aston Villa was one at which Tottenham Hotspur might, in other years, have chosen to fluff their lines, and Spurs supporters are rather over-familiar with their club’s predilection for getting to the point of achievement before contriving to find a way to allow it to slip through their hands. Tonight, though, they ambled through a weak Aston Villa performance with two first half goals from Emmanuel Adebayor, a player who has rapidly becoming an essential on Harry Redknapp’s team-sheet, but the final score-line was one which barely reflected the home side’s dominance. In some respects, White Hart Lane was built for evenings like this, with its high, gaunt stands almost visibly moving to the noise of the crowd as the players pick each other through a thin sheen of mist below. The home crowd didn’t have to wait very long for something to lift their mood. After just over eleven minutes, Aaron Lennon, an impish presence on the wing, skipped to the byline and crossed from the right for Adebayor, but the striker headed narrowly wide. If Adebayor was still adjusting his sights, he didn’t have to wait very long for a second chance. Three...

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