Tottenham Hotspur vs. Aston Villa: 6 Things We Learned

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Tottenham Hotspur vs. Aston Villa: 6 Things We Learned
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Farewell or see you in August? Tim Sherwood joined his players in thanking the fans after Spurs' 3-0 win over Aston Villa.

Tottenham Hotspur sealed the sixth spot in the Premier League and Europa League football for next season with a 3-0 win over Aston Villa on Sunday.

Paulinho finished off a tremendous Tottenham passing move to give the home side a 1-0 lead in the 14th minute.

After Kyle Naughton brought the ball forward, Christian Eriksen played in the Brazilian, who passed on the turn to Gylfi Sigurdsson. His through ball was touched by Harry Kane into Paulinho's path as he continued running. The central midfielder's first shot was blocked by Brad Guzan, but he comfortably tucked away the rebound.

Spurs' second came just over 20 minutes later when Eriksen's cross was cleared only as far as Danny Rose. The left-back rounded his nearest defender and fired a ball that deflected off the unfortunate Nathan Baker and past Guzan.

Emmanuel Adebayor sealed the 3-0 win soon after, converting a penalty won after Gabriel Agbonlahor handled Sandro's long-range shot.

If it proves to be his last match in charge—as speculation continues, something the beleaguered Spurs boss commented on in his pre-match press conference, via The Guardian's David Hytner—Tim Sherwood will be pleased to have finished on a high note.

There was little to celebrate for Paul Lambert and the visiting Villa fans after the latest insipid display of a miserable season for the 15th-placed club.

For a few things learned from this final weekend game, read on...

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