A Great Night for Tottenham, As Villa and Man City Drop Points

Ieuan BeynonCorrespondent IIIMarch 24, 2010

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - MARCH 24: 4th official Howard Webb keeps apart Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini and Everton manager David Moyes during the Barclays Premiership match between Manchester City and Everton at the City of Manchester Stadium on March 24, 2010 in Manchester, England.  (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)
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As Harry Redknapp walked off the pitch, he would have had an eye on the results of Manchester City and Aston Villa.

Tottenham were up against Fulham in an FA Cup replay–which they won 3-1–so they weren't in Premiership action.

Going into the night Spurs were in the final Champions League berth, City had a game in hand, and the chance to leapfrog them into fourth.

Roberto Mancini's men though had a tough task. Everton were the visitors to the City of Manchester Stadium.

David Moyes had his side fired up for the game–Moyes has had a problem with City ever since the transfer of Joleon Lescott last summer–and they would put an end to City's unbeaten home record.

They took the lead in the 33rd minute, when Tim Cahill headed home a Leighton Baines cross.

Everton then in the second-half sat back and allowed City to attack. They couldn't however find an equaliser. Then in the 85th minute Mikel Arteta made sure of the points as City were caught on the break.

It ended 2-0 Everton.

Mr. Redknapp would have been especially happy with this result, as his Tottenham side remained in fourth spot, until the weekend at least.

Aston Villa also had the chance to bridge the gap between them and their rivals.

They faced off against Sunderland at Villa Park.

It didn't start well as Fraizer Campbell gave the visitors the lead in the 22nd minute.

Villa got their equaliser though, John Carew heading home in the 30th minute.

The second-half was quite uneventful.

John Mensah had a great chance to give the Black Cats the lead, but he managed to put his header wide.

Carew again come close for the home-side, Craig Gordon though was equal to him and turned his effort away to safety.

A point may not be good enough for Villa, as cracks start to appear in their paper thin squad. You just feel that they may run out of steam by the end of the season.

So after another night of twists and turns, the battle for Champions League football remains wide open.

Tottenham remain in pole position for now, but there are eight games to go. There will be plenty of dramas between now and May.