Tottenham Hotspur have yet another three points, and they've done it in much more convincing fashion than in their last match. Instead of withstanding a barrage of shots like they did against Fulham, Spurs took Aston Villa to the woodshed, defeating them 2-0 in a match that was not as close as the score suggests.
Villa altered their tactics to contain Gareth Bale, a move that didn't work in the slightest. He assisted both of Emmanuel Adebayor's goals in what was arguably a man of the match performance. Though, personally, I'll have to give the nod to Scott Parker once again. He completed well over 90 percent of his passes while making a number of key tackles, controlling the center of the pitch in a great partnership with Luka Modric.
Both goals came in the first half through Adebayor, though the second half was even sharper from Spurs as Adebayor missed a number of good chances and Shay Given made multiple saves. Spurs had over 70 percent of the possession for the game, while Villa managed just one shot on target.
Inexplicably, Alex McLeish started the game with Alan Hutton in midfield while Emile Heskey kept his place on the left and all of Barry Bannan, Charles N'Zogbia and Marc Albrighton started on the bench. The latter two players never got off the bench, even while Villa was "chasing" a lead in the second half. "Chasing" in quotation marks, due to the fact that Villa never looked terribly interested in chasing anything.
Adebayor scored the opening goal in the 14th minute on a fantastic finish. Getting onto an adventurous ball from Bale into the box, the Togolese striker jumped up and scored with a stunning scissors kick, giving Tottenham a deserved lead. He'd missed an absolute sitter just a couple of minutes earlier and Spurs more than deserved to be ahead.
The second goal was a mere tap-in that was almost an own goal. Villa's tactics failed as Bale would not be contained on the left, finding space for a cross. James Collins tried to clear and failed, only poking the ball towards his own net. Adebayor pounced and finished, completing a brace.
He should have had a hat trick, as he had at least three clear-cut scoring chances in the second half. Aaron Lennon was rampant running down the right, but refused to cross the ball because someone wired his brain incorrectly. Scott Parker and Luka Modric hardly even looked bothered as they dominated the center of midfield. Adebayor and Rafael van der Vaart both defended on the rare occasions that they had to and came back to find the ball.
Every single Tottenham Hotspur player had a brilliant game. Save for Adebayor's misses and Lennon's inability to cross, I have no more bad words to say. Even those two players were at least a seven out of ten. Parker and Bale were perfect and everyone else was at least an eight. Villa didn't exactly show up, but there's no taking away from what Spurs did today.
Brilliant. Just f--king brilliant.