Tottenham failed to bounce back from the disappointing result at Turf Moor last weekend as they suffered defeat at the hands of Tim Sherwood’s Aston Villa.
With both sides plagued with injuries, the stage was set for an interesting clash in North London.
Upon his return to his former club, Sherwood’s side faced an early setback, as Kieran Clark was forced to come off through injury.
Much of the first half was even, although the visitors had the majority of chances. Both Fazio and Chadli came close for Spurs as the sun shone brightly over White Hart Lane, but neither could break the deadlock.
Spurs struggled to threaten from the wing, with full-back Vlad Chiriches lacking the attacking instinct of the injured Kyle Walker. Danny Rose was fairing better on the left, although Leandro Bacuna dealt well with the English defender.
The opening goal finally came on the 35th minute. Christian Benteke climbed above Federico Fazio to head home a tremendous goal, giving Aston Villa the lead just before half-time.
Gabby Agbonlahor was played clean through just before the half-time break, but could only hit the inside of Michel Vorm’s post.
An impressive stat since Sherwood’s appointment, Benteke has scored a staggering eight goals making him the Premier League top-scorer within that time frame. Villa led at the break, a scoreline to savour for Sherwood.
The second half began strongly for Spurs. Harry Kane came close just before the hour mark after a great turn resulted in an effort going narrowly over the bar.
Roberto Soldado replaced the disappointing Nacer Chadli, with the Belgian noticeably losing his mojo since the sad passing of his father.
The rest of the half remained quiet, as Spurs’ season begins to see the effects of an inevitable post-Wembley demise.
Debutant DeAndre Yedlin came on for the final ten minutes, although failed to make an impact on his first Tottenham appearance.
Spurs looked desperate in the final moments, but it was Villa that remained on top. Delph was thwarted by Michel Vorm, as the goalkeeper made a tremendous save to keep the visitors out. Roberto Soldado got on the end of a terrific Kane cross in the final moments, but was flagged off on the far side.
Villa held on to pick up a valuable three points on the road at White Hart Lane. A disappointing ending for Tim Sherwood however saw Sanchez being shown red for a late challenge on Rose, although from his jubilant celebrations it was clear he wasn’t too bothered.