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Tottenham scored a crucial league win when Hojbjerg scored the first goal of the season.
Tottenham put on their best league performance since beating Manchester City in the opening game. They ended a string of three consecutive league defeats by beating a stubborn Aston Villa.
Spurs were humbled by Arsenal, north London's rival in defeat. However, they overcame a slow start to put on a show that was far from flawless but still displayed a better defensive organisation and attacking edge.
Son Heung-min provided two assists and was bright as usual. Lucas Moura looked sharp, Harry Kane, fresh from his 20-minute hat trick against Mura, was more involved in final third than he was of late.
They were made to work, however, by Villa's side, who didn't panic when they fell behind to Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg’s calmly-taken opening midway through the second half.
With just 20 minutes remaining, their hard work and perseverance paid off. Oli Watkins scored his first goal of this season with a superb low cross from Danny Ings.
Their joy was short-lived, however, as Son accelerated past Kortney Haus and provided a fantastic low ball that was collected into his net by Matt Targett, who was under pressure from Moura.
Spurs had many chances to win the game but couldn't convert. The most notable was Emiliano Martinez's save to deny Kane his first league goal.
The England striker has failed to score in six of his six Premier League appearances. This is the longest streak of scorelessness in the competition since 2015-16 when he scored in six of his six first-half games.
Nuno Espirito Santo's team is now eighth with 12 points. This is two points and one point more than Villa.
Tottenham shows determination and ability to win big
Tottenham was desperate for this result and the process that brought it about.
They won all three of their wins, with a scoreline of 1-0. They never suffered a defeat in the league campaign to gain points.
They are now able to tick this significant psychological milestone off their list.
They also deserved it, as they settled into the game after a first 15 minutes where both sides gave away the ball to take control. They made more chances and could have been out before Watkins sent panic through the stadium with just 20 minutes remaining.
While the wounds of last Sunday's humiliation at Emirates will take some time to heal, performances against Villa will help to silence the increasing number of critics who are questioning Nuno's ability to manage and the performance of some of his players.
Smith: "Outstanding Son was the Difference" - Smith's reaction to Villa loss at Spurs
Villa are no mugs. They proved it in their victory over Manchester United last weekend. They can't complain about the loss.
They never really had a grip on it and lost parity soon after fighting back to win it. This also meant that they forfeited the chance to test the nerves of their home team.
Son Heung Min was the player of the match with an average 7.55 Tottenham Tottenham Hotspur Tottenham Hotspur
Aston Villa Aston Villa Aston Villa Tottenham Hotspur Avg Squad number 7 Player name Son Heung-Min Average rating 7.55 Squad number 5 Player name Hjbjerg Average rating 6.88 Squad number 27 Player name Lucas Moura Average rating 6.69 Squad number 11 Player name Gil Average rating 6.41 Squad number 18 Player name Lo Celso Average rating 6.35 Squad number 29 Player name Skipp Average rating 6.21 Squad number 4 Player name Romero Average rating 6.14 Squad number 1 Player name Lloris Average rating 6.11 Squad number 3 Player name Reguiln Average rating 6.09 Squad number 12 Player name Emerson Royal Average rating 6.09 Squad number 28 Player name Ndombele Average rating 5.93 Squad number 15 Player name Dier Average rating 5.85 Squad number 10 Player name Kane Average rating 4.96 Aston Villa Avg Squad number 1 Player name Martnez Average rating 6.11 Squad number 11 Player name Watkins Average rating 6.03 Squad number 7 Player name McGinn Average rating 5.93 Squad number 2 Player name Cash Average rating 5.72 Squad number 20 Player name Ings Average rating 5.64 Squad number 4 Player name Konsa Average rating 5.49 Squad number 5 Player name Mings Average rating 5.47 Squad number 10 Player name Buenda Average rating 5.45 Squad number 6 Player name Douglas Luiz Average rating 5.41 Squad number 30 Player name Hause Average rating 5.40 Squad number 41 Player name Ramsey Average rating 5.34 Squad number 3 Player name Targett Average rating 5.32 Squad number 35 Player name Archer Average rating 5.13 Squad number 15 Player name Traor Average rating 4.84
Live Text Line-ups Tottenham Formation 4-2-3-1 1 Lloris 12 Leite de Souza Junior 4 Romero 15 Dier 3 Reguiln 5 Hjbjerg 29 Skipp 27 Lucas Moura 28 Ndombele 7 Son Heung-Min 10 Kane 1 Lloris
12 Leite de Souza Junior
4 Romero booked at 68 minutes
29 Skipps Booked in 36 Minutes
27 Lucas Moura Substituted for Gil at 89' minutes
28 Ndombele Substituted at Lo Celso at the 76' minute
7 Son Heung-Min
10 Kane Substitutes 2 Doherty
6 D Snchez
18 Lo Celso
44 Scarlett Aston Villa Formation 3-5-2 1 Martnez 4 Konsa 30 Hause 5 Mings 2 Cash 7 McGinn 6 Douglas Luiz 41 Ramsey 3 Targett 11 Watkins 20 Ings 1 Martnez
30 Hause Substituted at 80' Minutes for Traor
6 Douglas Luiz
41 Ramsey Booked at 31mins Buenda Substituted at 69' Minutes
Substitute 20 Ings for Archer at 90' minutes Substitutes: 10 Buenda
21 El Ghazi
35 Archer Referee Chris Kavanagh Attendance 53,076 Match Stats, Live Text, Post Update Match ends, Tottenham Hotspur 2, Aston Villa 1 Full-Time Second Half ends at Tottenham Hotspur 2, Aston Villa Post update Bryan Gil (Tottenham Hotspur), wins a free kick from the right wing. Post update Foul by Douglas Luiz, Aston Villa Post update Corner, Tottenham Hotspur. Matt Targett conceded. Post update Corner, Tottenham Hotspur. Douglas Luiz concedes. Post update Son Heungmin (Tottenham Hotspur), wins a free kick from the right wing. Post update Foul by Douglas Luiz, Aston Villa Post update Corner, Tottenham Hotspur. Emiliano Martnez resigned. Substitution Substitution, Aston Villa. Danny Ings is being replaced by Cameron Archer Substitution Substitution, Tottenham Hotspur. Bryan Gil replaces Lucas Moura. Post update Corner, Aston Villa. Cristian Romero conceded. Post-update Foul by Pierre-Emile Hjbjerg, Tottenham Hotspur Post update John McGinn (Aston Villa), wins a free kick at the defensive end. Post update: Attempt saved. Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur), right footed shot, from a difficult angle on his left. The goal is saved in the top center. Post update: Attempt saved. Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur), left footed shot from centre box. Goal saved in centre. Hugo Lloris assisted. Post update Corner, Tottenham Hotspur. Tyrone Mings conceded. Post-update: Attempt blocked. Blocking Giovani Lo Celso's left-footed shot from in the middle of the box by Tottenham Hotspur Harry Kane assisted. Post update Attempt missed. Giovani Lo Celso (Tottenham Hotspur), left footed shot outside the box is close but misses to his left. Son Heung-Min assisted. Post update Attempt missed. Ollie Watkins, Aston Villa, header misses to left. Page 1 of 6 Rewind Previous Navigate To The Next Page Next Navigate To The Last Page Forward