Game #5300

Season | 2013-14 |

Matchday | #41 |
League Game | #38 |
Premier League Match-week | #40 |  
Manager Game | #87 |
Sunday, 11 May 2014
Premier League | Away | Tottenham Hotspur | White Hart Lane | 35,826 | 

Game Summary

Manager | Paul Lambert | 

KO | 15.00 |
Referee | Jonathan Moss | 

HT Score | 0-3 |
FT Score | 0-3 |

FT Result | Lost |

Last 5 Games | DLWLL | 

League Position | 15th | - |

Line Up |

GK Brad Guzan |
RB Matt Lowton |
LB Ryan Bertrand |
CB Nathan Baker |
CB Ron Vlaar |
M Ashley Westwood |
M Fabian Delph |
M Leandro Bacuna |
SUB OFF | 83' |
F Jordan Bowery | SUB OFF | 46' | FINAL |
F Andreas Weimann |
F Gabriel Agbonlahor | 

Substitutes |

M Karim El Ahmadi FINAL | for F Jordan Bowery | 46’ | 
F Callum Robinson for M Leandro Bacuna | 83’ | 


Unused Substitutes |

GK Jed Steer
M Yacouba Sylla
CB Ciaran Clark
CF Grant Holt
M Jack Grealish

Team Stats |

Starting XI Average Age | 25.12 | 

Oldest Player | GK Brad Guzan | 29.69 |

Youngest Player | M Leandro Bacuna | 22.74 |

Unavailable |

Injury |

W Charles N’Zogbia |

CB Jores Okore |

RB Chris Herd |

CF Libor Kozák |

F Nicklas Helenius |

M Karim El Ahmadi |

CF Christian Benteke |

M Gary Gardner |

LB Joe Bennett |

W Marc Albrighton | 

Bomb Squad |

GK Shay Given | 

Loaned Out |

F Darren Bent | Fulham | 16 August 2013 to 31 May 2014 |

D Enda Stevens | Doncaster Rovers | 28 November 2013 to 31 May 2014 |

CF Nathan Delfouneso | Coventry City | 30 January 2014 to 31 May 2014 |

Match Stats |

Possession F | 45
Possession A | 55
Shots F | 4
Shots A | 12
Shots on Target F | 1
Shots on Target A | 6
Corners F | 1
Corners A | 5
Fouls F | 11
Fouls A | 11

 On this day 11 May 2014 

Lambert’s 22nd defeat in a season of 41 games.​

Lambert had now lost 42 of the 87 games he had presided over - the worst performance of any Villa manager.​

Lambert could justifiably have been removed from his position early in his first season, he should have been removed at the end of the 2012-13 season. he should have had the decency to resign during this latest season but he appeared as stubborn as he was incapable. Likewise an irresponsible and incompetent owner and CEO continually failed to act in the face of the obvious. The close season ahead of 2014-15 provided them an opportunity for clarity and action.​

Midfielder Karim El Ahmadi made his final appearance for Villa aged 29 before returning to Feyenoord for a fee of £630,000 in September 2014. El Ahmadi joined from Feyenoord for £2,520,000 2 years earlier. In total El Ahmadi made 56 appearances, 13 as substitute and scored 3 goals.​

Forward Jordan Bowery made his final appearance for Villa aged 22 before returning to lower league football with Rotherham United in July 2014 in return for £270,000. Villa had paid Rotherham £567,000 for his services 2 years earlier. Bowery made 22 appearances, 16 as substitute without scoring.​

Left back Ryan Bertrand made the 16th and final appearance of his loan spell before returning to parent club Chelsea

Match Report


BBC Sport

Sunday, 11 May 2014

*Tottenham beat Manchester United to a place in next season’s Europa League after an easy win over Aston Villa.*

Paulinho cut through the heart of the Villa defence to shoot past Brad Guzan to put Spurs in early control.

Nathan Baker headed Danny Rose’s cross past his own goalkeeper before Emmanuel Adebayor scored from the spot.

Spurs finished the season in sixth place, three points shy of their total last term, in what could be boss Tim Sherwood’s last game in charge.

Despite finishing five points clear of Manchester United, uncertainty surrounds Sherwood’s future as the club has been linked with several replacements for next season.

That search comes after Spurs failed to make the Champions League following huge investment last summer and a season where Sherwood appeared to occasionally fall out with his players.

Sherwood has likened his status to that of a “supply teacher”,enhanced by claims from midfielder Sandro this week that his manager would depart in the summer.

Yet with the Brazilian player in the starting line-up, Spurs did not look like a side with a lack of respect for their manager, as Sherwood had stated, and the game was as good as over by half-time with all the goals coming before the break.

The result did little to enhance the prospects of Villa manager Paul Lambert, who also faces uncertainty after another inconsistent season where his side finished 15th, five points above the drop zone.

Villa only secured their Premier League status with two games left and with American owner Randy Lerner set to make an announcement about his role in the club, both clubs could be set for a summer of upheaval.

It took 20 minutes before Villa threatened the hosts’ goal and by that stage they could have been three goals behind.

Harry Kane had twice gone close before Paulinho opened the scoring after 14 minutes. The Brazilian, who unlike compatriot Sandro has been selected in his national team’s World Cup squad, strode through the Villa defence and collected Gylfi Sigursson’s pass before beating Guzan at a second attempt.

Shorn of the injured Christian Benteke, Villa lacked any purpose going forward and they went further behind when Baker headed into his own net.

It got worse before the interval. After a corner was cleared, Sandro’s shot caught Gabriel Agbonlahor’s arm and referee Jonathan Moss had no hesitation in pointing to the spot.

Adebayor dispatched his kick from 12 yards for his 14th goal of the season.

The second half was a damp squib in comparison but in a rare moment of action Fabian Delph fired wide after 57 minutes following Villa’s best move of the match.

Sherwood and Sandro exchanged a friendly hug after the midfielder was substituted and there was a scare for American goalkeeper Guzan after a collision with Kane.

Whether Sherwood will be smiling when his future is discussed with chairman Daniel Levy remains to be seen.

*Tottenham head coach Tim Sherwood:*

“If it is to be my last game, life goes on. There were no tears shed out there on the lap of honour.

“This club means a lot to me but if I’m not to continue here as manager I’ll be somewhere else.

“I’ve got a 59 per cent win ratio in the Premier League and I think if I had started the season in charge we’d be in the Champions League,”

*Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert:*

“[The negative reaction of fans] is never nice because the lads have given everything in their body to avoid relegation and get over the line.

“Supporters come a long, long way and pay good money to watch and try to see their team win. You’ve got to be big enough to take it.

“They’re a young group of players as it is and it’ll probably affect even the experienced ones.”