Monday, November 2, 2015

Monday Night Football: Spurs down Aston Villa as Garde's tenure begins

Tottenham 3-1 Aston Villa
Last place Aston Villa kicked Tim Sherwood to the curb last week and they were hoping to welcome in their new boss, Remi Garde, who was watching from the stands, with a little bit more inspiring of a performance. Tottenham took all of two minutes to throw that plan to the wind. Mousa Dembele fount Brad Guzan's five hole less than 150 seconds into the match to put Spurs ahead. Villa settled in more after that opening goal, but Spurs were still controlling a great deal of the ball. Even with nearly two thirds of possession, there weren't many shots and/or chances for the home side worth speaking about until stoppage time. Dele Alli nabbed his first goal at White Hart lane by volleying home a Danny Rose cross that left Guzan helpless in his net.

Playing keep away would have been enough to secure a win for Spurs in the second half, but Aston Villa showed some punch in the attack as the half wore on. They came inches away from an equalizer in the 79th when Leandro Bacuna took a shot that grazed the fingertips of Hugo Lloris and glanced of the post. Seconds later, after corralling the rebound, Jordan Ayew did level the score with a shot that Lloris stood no chance at saving. The Villains tried to concoct an equalizer, but Harry Kane's 90th minute goal squashed any of those plans.

Villa remains in last place and hands Remi Garde the difficult task of turning their ship around to avoid their first ever relegation out ifthe Premier League. On the other end of the table, Spurs  are within a point if the top four. They sit with 20 points in fifth with Manchester United ahead of them with 21.

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