Tottenham Hotspur vs. Aston Villa: Score, Grades and Post-Match Reaction

Dan SheridanContributor IMay 11, 2014

Aston Villa's Andreas Weimann, left, tries to get away from Tottenham Hotspur's Michael Dawson, who fouled and received a yellow card for the tackle during their English Premier League soccer match at Villa Park stadium in Birmingham, England, Sunday, Oct. 20, 2013. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)
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Tottenham Hotspur secured Europa League football next season with a comfortable 3-0 win over Aston Villa on Sunday. 

On the final day of the 2013-14 campaign, first-half strikes from Paulinho and Emmanuel Adebayor plus an own-goal from Nathan Baker meant that Spurs finished above Manchester United in sixth place.

LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 11:  Emmanuel Adebayor (2nd right) of Tottenham Hotspur celebrates with team mates after scoring during the Barclays Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Aston Villa at White Hart Lane on May 11, 2014 in London, England
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In what was being billed as manager Tim Sherwood’s last game in charge, a lacklustre Villa rarely troubled the home side and it was a case of damage limitation for the visitors in the second period.

3 extremely promising young midfielders on for #spurs just when you think you've had enough they show a glimmer of hope yet again.

— Richard Banks (@RichiBanks) May 11, 2014

The opener came just before the quarter-hour mark, and owed much to the determination of Paulinho who raced through to net his eighth of the season after Brad Guzan had saved his initial effort.

It capped a memorable week for the 25-year-old, who was included in Brazil’s 23-man squad for the World Cup in his home country during the build-up to the game.

Villa were then hit by two goals in the space of three minutes when Danny Rose skipped free and whipped in a dangerous cross that Baker deflected into his own net.

And just moments later, Adebayor kept his cool to score from the spot after Gabriel Agbonlahor was adjudged to have handled inside the area.

Paul Lambert’s men had no answer to the home side’s dominance and failed to register a single shot on target until the 82nd minute, which was met by ironic cheers from the disgruntled away supporters.

And though Fabian Delph went close when he fired wide from Agbonlahor’s knockdown, the performance heaped more pressure on the under-fire Villa boss.

Harry Kane, who had an excellent first-half, was involved in a worrying-looking collision with Guzan after the break, but the American stopper got back on his feet after some lengthy treatment.

And there was a light-hearted moment as the action petered out when Sherwood handed a fan his gilet and his seat next to coach Les Ferdinand in the home dugout.

Tim: "It was a good win and a great way to end the season in front of our fans."

— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) May 11, 2014

The result saw Villa finish 15th in the final Premier League table. A summer of upheaval could be on the cards for the Midlands club, with questions being asked of owner Randy Learner as well as Lambert.


Tottenham Hotspur Player Ratings
Starting XIHalf-TimeFull-Time
Hugo Lloris77
Kyle Naughton77
Vlad Chiriches78
Michael Dawson87
Danny Rose88
Gylfi Sigurdsson76
Christian Eriksen77
Harry Kane98
Emmanuel Adebayor87
Milos VeljkovicN/A7
Alex PritchardN/A6
Nabil BentalebN/A7


Aston Villa Player Ratings
Starting XIHalf-TimeFull-Time
Brad Guzan56
Matthew Lowton44
Ron Vlaar44
Nathan Baker23
Ryan Bertrand34
Leandro Bacuna55
Ashley Westwood34
Fabian Delph56
Andreas Weimann65
Jordan Bowery4N/A
Gabriel Agbonlahor34
Karim El AhmadiN/A5
Callum RobinsonN/A5