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

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

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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.

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.

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 XI Half-Time Full-Time
Hugo Lloris 7 7
Kyle Naughton 7 7
Vlad Chiriches 7 8
Michael Dawson 8 7
Danny Rose 8 8
Sandro 7 7
Paulinho 9 9
Gylfi Sigurdsson 7 6
Christian Eriksen 7 7
Harry Kane 9 8
Emmanuel Adebayor 8 7
Milos Veljkovic N/A 7
Alex Pritchard N/A 6
Nabil Bentaleb N/A 7


Aston Villa Player Ratings
Starting XI Half-Time Full-Time
Brad Guzan 5 6
Matthew Lowton 4 4
Ron Vlaar 4 4
Nathan Baker 2 3
Ryan Bertrand 3 4
Leandro Bacuna 5 5
Ashley Westwood 3 4
Fabian Delph 5 6
Andreas Weimann 6 5
Jordan Bowery 4 N/A
Gabriel Agbonlahor 3 4
Karim El Ahmadi N/A 5
Callum Robinson N/A 5


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