Results for Spurs vs Aston Villa

Wear them down, hit them with quality

5:00 pm



Mauricio Pochettino's plan to beat Aston Villa worked with a 2-0 hard fought victory. Aston Villa didn't come to White Hart Lane to have a go, they came to park the bus and hope.

All night the commentators were remarking that Aston Villa were playing with a back six. That told you all you needed to know about their tactics. With six at the back there was never going to be any space so Tottenham had to keep working the ball making their players run and run.

So many games go the same way. You make a team run and wear them out until the final third of the game. Then, when they are starting to flag, you put on pace or quality to exploit their tiredness and win the game. It is a script that has been seen many time and we saw it again.

Of course we would like to have unlocked them sooner, but patience is a virtue as is sticking to your principles. We took Alderweireld off, changed the formation and bang, we scored almost immediately, followed by another and then almost another.

Long gone are the days when you could simply put your best team out each week, the game has moved on since the 70's and 80's, it isn't possible with the intensity now. The art is having a squad and the bottom line is our squad got the job done.

We regularly struggle against WBA, our next game, and the last thing we need is players showing tiredness at the end of the season, something that would surely happen if we played the best team every game. The likes of Harry Winks wouldn't have developed as he has if that were the case, we wouldn't develop Cameron Carter-Vickers, who had a very dependable game and made a brilliant goal-saving tackle.

Ben Davies wouldn't have scored our opening goal and how often have we seen Christian Eriksen struggle against a packed defence. It wasn't so much selection being the problem as approach. The first eleven had the same approach earlier this season, it was too passive and had to be more aggressive in the final third. The backup players merely showed the same thing. They have to learn to get the balance between managing retention of the ball and creating chances.

The draw for the next round (4th Round) takes place tonight ahead of Cambridge United v Leeds United tie. It will be shown live on BT Sport 2 from around 7.10pm. Ties take place over the weekend of January 28th.

The FA Cup Draw Ball Numbers
1 Ipswich Town or Lincoln City
2 Rochdale
3 Manchester United
4 Hull City
5 Sunderland or Burnley
6 Blackburn Rovers
7 Millwall 
8 Manchester City
9 Brighton
10 Blackpool or Barnsley
11 Wigan Athletic
12 Birmingham City or Newcastle United
13 Chelsea 
14 Middlesbrough
15 Derby County 
16 Leicester City 
17 Liverpool or Plymouth Argyle 
18 Wycombe Wanderers 
19 Watford
20 Arsenal
21 Fulham
22 Wolves
23 Cambridge United or Leeds United 
24 Bristol City or Fleetwood Town
25 Huddersfield Town
26 Tottenham Hotspur
27 Brentford
28 Bolton Wanderers or Crystal Palace
29 Norwich City or Southampton
30 Sutton United or AFC Wimbledon
31 Accrington Stanley
32 Oxford United

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Sherwood ends on a high

7:02 pm
An entertaining opening when Tottenham could have scored 5 within the first 18 minutes but did score their first goal of the season within the first 15 minutes.

Sherwood ends on a high

Spurs, who this season have played a league record 22 games on a Sunday, had the game sewn up after just 38 minutes when Adebayor tucked away a penalty to make it 3-0.

Paulinho opened the scoring after 14 minutes, an own goal from a Danny Rose fired cross and a penalty for handball saw Spurs defeat a Villa team that played as if it was a testimonial game.

Diminutive Alex Pritchard, only 21, came on with 7 minutes to go to make his debut, 18 year-old Milos Veljkovic was given 30 minutes in his second game, Nabil Bentaleb (19) made a sub appearance, 20 year-old Harry Kane played the full game, Danny Rose is only 23 and Christian Eriksen just 22 gave the final moments of the game a very youthful look.

Tim Sherwood was having his own fun inviting a fan to take his seat and handed him his gilet. He spoke after the game and was naturally asked about his future.

“I need to speak to the chairman, we know what we have done.

“It was obviously me, Chris Ramsey and Les Ferdinand who stepped up from the development team and overall we are happy with what we have done, we are not sure we could have done much more.

“It would be nice to get it clarified, we have looked at pre-season a little bit and we need to get to work on those [transfer] targets. Someone else might have a different opinion.”

He would like to stay in charge of course but that is highly unlikely but he has been happy with the results achieved as well he should be. He has had the team in top four form and amassed a better points per game average that Andre Villas-Boas this season.

“Absolutely, I love doing this job, my life would be a lot easier if I wasn’t a manager but I want to do it.

“It’s my life, it’s what I want to be involved in and continuing doing it.

“I can only judged for the season when I’ve taken over. A 59 per cent win ratio is second to none. I’m happy with how I have done.”

Mauricio Pochettino has been talked about as a possible successor and fuelled the flames with his comments about a jog being finished at Southampton. Tottenham however under Sherwood beat his Southampton side twice and ended up scoring more goals over the season.

With Ledley King's testimonial match tomorrow evening and Frank de Boer on a post season tour of Indonesia with Ajax until the 17the May Spurs fans will have to wait a little while longer yet until they know who will be in charge come August.

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