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Game #5193

Wednesday, 26 December 2012

Attendance: 36,862


Premier League

16th (+1)

Tottenham Hotspur

Last 5: ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฅ

Villa Park

Villa are hammered for the second successive game, this time at home, concede twelve and fail to score as Paul Lambert throws out some of the worst gas-lighting ever known.

Aston Villa


Tottenham Hotspur

Assist(s) | None


Fabian Delph and Villa cannot hold Tottenham as Paul Lambert follows up Villa's biggest ever defeat with another four goal mauling, Wednesday, 26 December 2012.




๐Ÿ•’ | HT Aston Villa 0-0 Tottenham Hotspur
๐Ÿ” | 46โ€™ Sub off, Nathan Baker, Sub on, Stephen Ireland
๐Ÿ” | 46โ€™ Sub off, Ashley Westwood, Sub on, Marc Albrighton
๐Ÿฅ… | 57โ€™ Goal, 0-1, (Tottenham Hotspur), Jermaine Defoe
๐Ÿฅ… | 61โ€™ Goal, 0-2, (Tottenham Hotspur), Gareth Bale
๐ŸŸจ | 69โ€™ Booking, Fabian Delph
๐Ÿฅ… | 73โ€™ Goal, 0-3, (Tottenham Hotspur), Gareth Bale
๐Ÿฅ… | 84โ€™ Goal, 0-4, (Tottenham Hotspur), Gareth Bale
๐Ÿ•’ | FT Aston Villa 0-4 Tottenham Hotspur


Paul Lambert's Villa follow up the worst ever defeat in the club's history with another heavy defeat to equal the Premier League record of conceding the most goals in two consecutive games.

Those who had been watching closely knew this is where Villa were headed under Lambert but few could have expected the severity of his impact.

Villa had now lost nine of nineteen Premier League matches under Lambert conceding three or more goals on six occasions.

Villa remained three points above the relegation zone but their goal difference was now significantly worse than the teams below them in the table with 18th placed Wigan their next opponents.

Aston Villa

European Cup / Champions League: ๐Ÿ†
UEFA Cup / Europa League: โŒ
UEFA Cup Winners Cup: โŒ
League Champions: ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†
FA Cup Winners: ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†
League Cup Winners: ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†
Last Trophy: 1995-96

Tottenham Hotspur

European Cup / Champions League: โŒ
UEFA Cup / Europa League: ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†
UEFA Cup Winners Cup: ๐Ÿ†
League Champions: ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†
FA Cup Winners: ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†
League Cup Winners: ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†
Last Trophy: 2007-08


Tottenham Hotspur

Previous 5 vs. Spurs: ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฅ


Season | 2012-13โ€‹ |
Matchday | #23 |
League Game | #19 |
Manager Game | #23 |
Wednesday, 26 December 2012


Manager: Paul Lambert | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ | Glasgow, 2012-2015
Referee: Mark Clattenburg | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Durham, 2000-2017
Kick off: 5.30pm
HT Score: ๐ŸŸจ 0-0
FT Score: ๐ŸŸฅ 0-4
FT Result: ๐ŸŸฅ Lost
Last 5: ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฅ


Referee: Mark Clattenburg | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Durham, 2000-2017
Previous 5: ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ
Last Match: ๐ŸŸจ 28 Apr 12, Villa 0-0 Albion (a)
Cards: ๐ŸŸจ
Assistants: Scott Ledger, Mick McDonough




Tottenham Hotspur


Mark Clattenburg


Paul Lambert retains Brad Guzan ahead of Shay Given despite conceding eight in the previous game. Meanwhile, Karim El Ahmadi, Fabian Delph and Joe Bennett replace Barry Bannan, Andreas Weimann and Eric Lichaj.


Starting XI Average Age
| 24.37 |

Oldest Player |
W Brett Holman | ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ | 28.77 |

Youngest Player |
CB Nathan Baker | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 21.69 |



Paul Lambert | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ |

Andrรฉ Villas-Boas | ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡น |

Aston Villa

GK Brad Guzan | ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ |
LB Joe Bennett | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CB Nathan Baker | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ” |
CB Ciaran Clark | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช |
RB Matt Lowton | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Karim El Ahmadi | ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฆ |
M Ashley Westwood | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ” |
M Fabian Delph | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Chris Herd | ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ |
W Brett Holman | ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ |
CF Christian Benteke | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ช |

Tottenham Hotspur

GK Hugo Lloris | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท |
CB Jan Vertonghen | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ช |
CB William Gallas | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท |
RB Kyle Naughton | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
RB Kyle Walker (ex) | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Mousa Dembรฉlรฉ | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ช | ๐Ÿ” |
M Sandro | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ท |
W Aaron Lennon | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
W Gareth Bale | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ | โšฝ | โšฝ | โšฝ | ๐Ÿ” |
CF Emmanuel Adebayor | ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ฌ | ๐Ÿ” |
CF Jermaine Defoe | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | โšฝ |


๐Ÿ” M Stephen Ireland | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช | for CB Nathan Baker | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 46โ€™ |
๐Ÿ” W Marc Albrighton | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | for M Ashley Westwood | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 46โ€™ |


๐Ÿ” | M Mousa Dembรฉlรฉ | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ช | (M Scott Parker | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |)
๐Ÿ” | W Gareth Bale | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ | (W Andros Townsend | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |)
๐Ÿ” | CF Emmanuel Adebayor | ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ฌ | (M Gylfi Sigurรฐsson | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ธ |)


GK Shay Given | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช |
RB Eric Lichaj | ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ |
M Barry Bannan | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ |
M Samir Carruthers | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช |
F Jordan Bowery | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |


GK Brad Friedel | ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ |
CB Steven Caulker | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CB Michael Dawson | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Jake Livermore | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |


1st XI: ยฃ37.09m
Home Nation ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง : 5/11
Homegrown: 3/11

Home Nation ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง : 8/18
Homegrown: 7/18



Team Cost: ยฃ108.32m

1st XI:
Home Nation ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง : 5/11

Home Nation ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง : 10/18



Injury | 8 |
CB Richard Dunne | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช |
M Gary Gardner | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
RB Eric Lichaj | ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ |
CB Ron Vlaar | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ |
F Darren Bent | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
F Gabriel Agbonlahor | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
W Charles Nโ€™Zogbia | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท |
F Andreas Weimann | ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡น |

Illness | 1 |
M Stiliyan Petrov | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ฌ |

Out on Loan | 4 |
M Jean Makoun | ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฒ | Stade Rennais
F Nathan Delfouneso | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Blackpool
LB Stephen Warnock | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Bolton
RB Alan Hutton | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ | Forest


Not Reported

Player Abbreviations:

GK : Goalkeeper

LB, RB, FB : Left Back, Right Back, Full Back

CB, D : Centre Back, Defender

M, W : Midfielder. Winger

F, CF : Forward, Centre Forward

๐ŸŸข : Debut ๐Ÿ”ด : Final Game


โšฝ | Goal
๐Ÿ”ฅ | Assist
๐Ÿ” | Substitution

๐ŸŸจ | Booking

๐ŸŸฅ | Sending off

๐Ÿ†˜ | Poor refereeing performance




Possession F | 36%
Possession A | 64%
Shots F | 4
Shots A | 20
Shots on Target F | 1
Shots on Target A | 16
Corners F | 2
Corners A | 16
Fouls F | 11
Fouls A | 7


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โ€œIโ€™m not surprised by anything in football.

โ€œThings can happen. You know it can happen, especially when you are playing one of the top sides.โ€

Paul Lambert defines a top side: a club that is 13 points behind the League leaders and level on points with Everton and West Bromwich Albion, Wednesday, 26 December 2012.

*BBC Sport*
Wednesday, 26 December 2012

*Tottenhamโ€™s Gareth Bale hit a second-half hat-trick as Aston Villa suffered a second successive heavy defeat.*

Villa, who on Sunday were beaten 8-0 at Chelsea in their worst ever Premier League loss, had little possession but somehow kept Spurs out up to half-time.

But Kyle Naughton found Jermain Defoe to stroke in the opener from 10 yards.

Bale ghosted through on the break for the second, then drilled home an Aaron Lennon pass, and completed his treble after Gylfi Sigurdssonโ€™s cut-back.

After such a capitulation at Stamford Bridge last weekend there was great interest in how Villaโ€™s inexperienced young team, who had fashioned a 3-1 victory at Liverpool the week before, would cope with Tottenhamโ€™s array of attacking talent.

Having been frustrated by a stalemate with Stoke last week, Spurs may have feared losing further ground in the quest for Champions League qualification, but their slick passing eventually clicked into gear as they moved back into the top four on goal difference with their biggest league win under Andre Villas-Boas.

Villa manager Paul Lambert made three changes from the team chastened at Chelsea, although the three central defenders from that rout were retained.

From the outset the home side sat back, their two wing backs rarely venturing forward and often forming a blanket of five camped in formation around their penalty area.

Stroking the ball around nonchalantly as if in a practice game, Spurs forced 15 corners by half-time, only five short of the record for an entire Premier League match, set by Portsmouth against Fulham in 2006.

Despite their dominance, however, the closest Spurs came to breaking the deadlock in the opening period was from two long range Bale drives, smartly kept out by the stoic Brad Guzan.

The American also rushed out of his goal to block Defoeโ€™s shot on the one occasion the diminutive poacher got in behind the Villa defence.

The home side introduced Marc Albrighton at the break and hinted at greater ambition, but their decision to revert to a flat back four proved more to Tottenhamโ€™s liking.

Naughton found space 30 yards out and slid a perfect first-time through ball to Defoe, who placed his shot with the outside of the boot between Guzanโ€™s legs for his 10th league goal of the season.

At the other end Christian Benteke had an excellent opportunity to fashion an equaliser but with two players well-placed in the box he picked out a Spurs defender and the trademark Tottenham counter-attack that followed effectively killed off the contest.

Bale demonstrated both pace and poise, rounding Guzan and flicking into the net with his left foot from eight yards.

As Villa wilted again, Bale provided more ruthless finishing, finding the bottom corner after neat interplay from substitute Scott Parker, Kyle Walker and Lennon.

When Walker played an inviting pass for Sigurdsson on the right, Bale was again in the right place for the cross, and the 23-year-old Welshman lashed the ball emphatically past Guzan to record his first hat-trick in the top flight as Villa equalled an ignominious
Premier League record of conceding 12 goals in two matches.