Game #5338

Season | 2014-15 |

Matchday | #38 |
League Game | #33 |
Premier League Match-week | #33 |  
Manager Game | #9 |
Saturday, 11 April 2015
Premier League | Away | Tottenham Hotspur | White Hart Lane | 35,687 | 

Game Summary

Manager | Tim Sherwood | 

KO | 15.00 |
Referee | Lee Probert | 

HT Score | 1-0 |
FT Score | 1-0 |

FT Result | Won |

Last 5 Games | WLLDW | 

Scorers | Christian Benteke | 35’ | 

Assists | Leandro Bacuna | 35’ |

League Position | 15th | +1 |

Line Up |

GK Brad Guzan |
LB Kieran Richardson |
BOOKED | 90' |
CB Ron Vlaar |
CB Ciaran Clark |
SUB OFF | 18' |
M Fabian Delph | 
M Carlos Sánchez |
BOOKED | 58' | 90' | SENT OFF | 90' |
M Tom Cleverley |
M Jack Grealish |
SUB OFF | 63' |
M Leandro Bacuna | ASSIST | 35' |
F Gabriel Agbonlahor | SUB OFF | 70' |
CF Christian Benteke | GOAL | 35' | BOOKED | 81' |

Substitutes |

CB Nathan Baker for CB Ciaran Clark | 18’ | 
F Andreas Weimann
FINAL | for M Jack Grealish | 63’ | 
M Joe Cole for F Gabriel Agbonlahor  | 70’ |

 

Unused Substitutes |

GK Shay Given
CB Jores Okore
W Charles N’Zogbia
RB Matt Lowton

Cards |

 Yellow | Carlos Sánchez | 58’ | 90’ |

 Yellow | Christian Benteke | 81’ |

 Yellow | Kieran Richardson | 90’ | 

 Red | Carlos Sánchez | 90’ |

Team Stats |

Starting XI Average Age | 26.66 | 

Oldest Player | GK Brad Guzan | 30.61 |

Youngest Player | M Jack Grealish | 19.60 |

Unavailable | 

Injury |

CB Philippe Senderos |

RB Aly Cissokho |

W Scott Sinclair |

M Ashley Westwood |

RB Alan Hutton |

W Carles Gil | 

Loaned Out |

CF Nicklas Helenius | Aalborg BK | 9 July 2014 - 30 June 2015 | 

M Yacouba Sylla | Kayseri Erciyesspor | 14 July 2014 - 30 June 2015 | 

W Aleksandar Tonev | Celtic | 11 August 2014 - 30 June 2015 | 

LB Joe Bennett | Brighton & Hove Albion | 20 August 2014 - 4 May 2015 |

D Enda Stevens | Doncaster Rovers | 6 November 2014 - 4 May 2015 | 

F Darren Bent | Derby County | 3 January 2015 - 4 May 2015 | 

LB Antonio Luna | Spezia Calcio | 2 February 2015 - 30 June 2015 | 

D Janoi Donacien | Tranmere Rovers | 7 March 2015 - 30 June 2015 | 

F Graham Burke | Notts County | 26 March 2015 - 4 May 2015 | 

D Lewis Kinsella | Luton Town | 26 March 2015 - 4 May 2015 | 

Match Stats |

Possession F | 43
Possession A | 57
Shots F | 11
Shots A | 14
Shots on Target F | 3
Shots on Target A | 3
Corners F | 6
Corners A | 9
Fouls F | 12
Fouls A | 11

 On this day 11 April 2015 

Forward Andreas Weimann made his final appearance for Villa aged 23 before moving on to Derby County for a fee of £3,420,000 in July 2015. Weimann had joined Villa as a 15 year old from Rapid Wien in 2007 and went on to make 129 appearances, 38 as substitute and scoring 24 goals.

Match Report

BBC Sport

Saturday, 11 April 2015

*In-form Christian Benteke scored the only goal as Aston Villa beat Tottenham to move six points above the relegation zone.*


Benteke headed in Leandro Bacuna’s cross as Villa boss Tim Sherwood got the better of his former club.
 

Villa deserved their victory and almost had a second when Gabby Agbonlahor hit the post from Benteke’s flick-on.
 

They had to see it out with 10 men after Carlos Sanchez was sent off for a second booking late on.

 

Tottenham striker Harry Kane struggled to get into the game, as did most of his team-mates.
 

If Sherwood keeps Villa up, he will owe much of it to Benteke, who is the top scorer in the Premier League since the manager’s appointment.
 

The Belgian has scored eight in his last six Premier League matches, having scored two in the 16 before his arrival.
 

As well as moving closer to Premier League safety, it will be doubly sweet for Sherwood against the club who sacked him as manager in May.
 

Sherwood gave Kane his first top-flight start last season and claimed last month he stopped the club selling the striker.
 

Kane, alongside Benteke, is one of the in-form strikers in England - having scored 11 in his previous nine league appearances. And

he perhaps repaid his old manager with a quiet performance at White Hart Lane.
 

Kane was aiming to score the goal that would make him the first Tottenham striker to reach 30 in a season since Gary Lineker in 1991-92.
 

He had a few half chances but failed with a 30-yard snapshot in the first half, and a curling effort over the crossbar after the break.
 

His frustrations in front of goal were echoed by team-mate Christian Eriksen, who has now not scored in 12 games having netted 11 in the first 30 of the season.
 

The signs were ominous for Villa when they lost defender Ciaran Clark to injury in the first half, and Bacuna looked like he was going to have to go off with a knock of his own.
 

But the Dutch full-back played on and had a role in the game’s deciding moment, whipping in a cross as Benteke beat defender Federico Fazio to head home off the post.
 

Agbonlahor almost wrapped up the win just before the break when he hit the post from the edge of the box after Benteke flicked a header onto him.
 

Spurs brought on £60m pair Erik Lamela and Roberto Soldado but Villa defended well and Fabian Delph almost scored a second late on with Michel Vorm having to deny the midfielder.
 

Sanchez made things more difficult for his side at the end when he was shown a second yellow card for a late tackle on Danny Rose, but they held on.
 

*Aston Villa boss Tim Sherwood:* ”It’s a fantastic result - we carried on from the good performance in the 3-3 draw against QPR. We thought we could have a good go and we did. I thought we deserved to win.


“Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy made the decision [to sack me] based on what he thought was the right thing to do. Mauricio Pochettino is doing a good job. Without Spurs giving me the job last year, I wouldn’t have been here today to enoy this win.
 

“We’ve got some tough games. No-one gave us a chance here or at Manchester City in the next league game. We’re within touching distance. On the downside we picked up a few injuries.
 

“It’s a fantastic result for me and Aston Villa.”
 

*BBC MOTD commentator Jonathan Pearce:* ”Tim Sherwood returns to White Hart Lane where Tottenham dumped him as manager and he wins. It’s a huge win for Aston Villa. Christian Benteke’s rich vein of form continues - his goals could steer Villa to safety and maybe an FA Cup final. Sherwood has turned Villa’s season around but Tottenham’s season is in danger of petering out.”