Coming into this match, Aston Villa hadn't scored since September in a 1-0 win over Liverpool. The scoreless streak lasted over 500 minutes, but thankfully Andi Weimann scored early on so we didn't have to hear about it the whole match. Weimann worked very hard and despite getting booked for yelling at the ref (deservedly), he was one of the best players on the pitch. Kieran Richardson replaced him with five minutes left.
Brad Guzan was a rock at the back. Despite the defence as a whole looking somewhat leaky, they had a bit of help from Emmanuel Adebayor and Roberto Soldado being themselves.
Christian Benteke had a positive game for VIlla. He missed a few chances but looked more like the striker of old. He may have scored a goal, if not for the fact that he was sent off in the 66th minute for pushing Ryan Mason. It was a pretty soft foul, but the Villa man put his hand on the Spurs player's face.
Spurs weren't particularly good, but Harry Kane's deflected free kick with a minute remaining found the back of the net to make it 2-1. It's hard to fault Nathan Baker, even though the last touch came off him. Playing a man up for the final 25 minutes of the match really helped, even though Villa had looked better for most of the match.
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