Game #5639

Premier League

The Tottenham Hotspur Stadium

Attendance: 53,076

Sunday, 3 October 2021


10th (-3)

Tottenham Hotspur


Aston Villa

Scorer(s) | Ollie Watkins | 67' |

Assist(s) | Matt Targett | 67' |


Game #5639

Season | 2021-22 |
Matchday | #9 |
League Match | #7 |
Manager Game | #134 |
Sunday, 3 October 2021
Attendance | 53,076 |


Manager | Dean Smith |
Kick off | 2.00pm |
Referee | Chris Kavanagh |
Half Time Score | 0-1 |
Full Time Result | Lost |
Full Time Score | 1-2 |
Last 5 Games | LWDWL |


Team Cost:
| £153.88m |

Starting XI Average Age:
| 25.84 |

Oldest Player:
F Danny Ings | 29.57 |

Youngest Player:
M Jacob Ramsey | 20.36 |


Dean Smith names an unchanged line up. Meanwhile on the bench, Jaden Philogene-Bidace comes in for Carney Chukwuemeka and Axel Tuanzebe returning after being ruled out for the victory over Manchester United due to loan terms in place of Lamare Bogarde.


Injury | 4 |
W Trézéguet |
Ligament, 10 Apr - Unknown |
CF Keinan Davis |
Unknown, 14 Aug - Unknown |
W Leon Bailey |
Quad, 22 Sep - Mid Oct |
M Morgan Sanson |
Hamstring, 22 Sep - Mid Oct |

On Loan | 3 |
CF Wesley |
Club Brugge KV, 26 Aug - 31 May 22 |
M Conor Hourihane |
Sheffield United, 30 Aug to 31 May 22 |
RB Frédéric Guilbert |
RC Strasbourg Alsace, 31 Aug - 30 Jun 22 |

Not Selected | 6 |
GK Viljami Sinisalo
CB Sil Swinkels
M Aaron Ramsey
M Hayden Lindley
CF Caleb Chukwuemeka
M Carney Chukwuemeka


Possession F | 44%
Possession A | 56%
Shots F | 14
Shots A | 17
Shots on Target F | 3
Shots on Target A | 8
Corners F | 8
Corners A | 5
Fouls F | 14
Fouls A | 11


"It feels like it got away from us. It is a disappointment. I didn't think there was too much between the teams. The difference was that they had the outstanding player on the pitch, which was Son [Heung-min]. He was outstanding.

"We started both halves well. There was a 10-minute spell in the first half where we looked a bit stressed, but we covered that. Second half we looked better and stretched play a lot quicker and got our rewards. But we need to delay for their second goal instead of pressing on the front foot.

"We were brave going one v one against Son and felt we could handle that. But he twisted Kortney [Hause] and put a ball in the box and they got on the end of it. We huffed and puffed after that but there wasn't much in the game. We had some good moments in the penalty box without them turning into really good chances. It just wasn't to be today."

Dean Smith.




GK Emiliano Martínez
LB Matt Targett
CB Kortney Hause
CB Tyrone Mings
CB Ezri Konsa
RB Matty Cash
M John McGinn
M Jacob Ramsey
M Douglas Luiz
F Danny Ings
CF Ollie Watkins


GK Hugo Lloris, LB Sergio Reguilón, CB Cristian Romero, RB Emerson Royal, CB Eric Dier, M Pierre-Emile Højbjerg (g), M Tanguy Ndombèlé (Giovani Lo Celso), M Oliver Skipp, W Heung-min Son, CF Harry Kane, W Lucas Moura (W Bryan Gil).

Manager: Nuno Espírito Santo.
Team Cost: £238.14m
Average Age: 26.09

ex: Also played for the Villa

g: Scored

s/o: Sent off

s-: Sub off; s+: Sub on


W Emiliano Buendía for M Jacob Ramsey | 69’ |
W Bertrand Traoré for Kortney Hause | 80’ |
CF Cameron Archer for F Danny Ings | 89’ |


GK Jed Steer
CB Axel Tuanzebe
M Marvelous Nakamba
W Jaden Philogene-Bidace
W Ashley Young
W Anwar El Ghazi


27’ Goal, 0-1, (Tottenham Hotspur)
31’ Booking, Jacob Ramsey, bad foul
HT Tottenham Hotspur 1-0 Aston Villa
67’ Goal, 1-1, Ollie Watkins, Assist by Matt Targett
69’ Sub off, Jacob Ramsey, Sub on, Emiliano Buendía
71’ Goal, 1-2, (Tottenham Hotspur), Matt Targett o.g.
80’ Sub off, Kortney Hause, Sub on, Bertrand Traoré
89’ Sub off, Danny Ings, Sub on, Cameron Archer
FT Tottenham Hotspur 2-1 Aston Villa


Dean Smith’s Villa follow up wins over Everton and Manchester United with a disappointing performance against hitherto out of form Tottenham. In a strangely subdued performance, Villa make it three wins, one draw and three defeats in the Premier League this season and as a result fall to 10th in the table after seven games.


Ollie Watkins, scored his first of the season on his fifth appearance but Villa lose in a disappointing performance away from home, Sunday, 3 October 2021.


The wounds from last Sunday’s humiliation at the Emirates will still take time to heal, but performances and results like this against a fine Villa side will go a long way to silencing the growing number of critics looking to question Nuno Espírito Santo’s suitability for the Tottenham manager’s job and the application of some of his players.

Tottenham fashioned more chances and could have been out of sight long before Watkins sent a wave of panic around the stadium with just over 20 minutes left, courtesy of a first goal of the season from Targett’s low cross.

But Villa are no mugs. They demonstrated that in last weekend’s victory at Manchester United. Yet they can have no complaints about this loss.

At no point did they really have a grip on the game and in losing parity so soon after they battled back to earn it they also relinquished the opportunity to properly test the nerves of a still fragile home side.

Tottenham’s goals came from the unlikely sources of a coolly-taken finish from midfielder Pierre Emile-Hojbjerg and an own goal from Matt Targett, who stabbed the ball home under pressure from Moura just four minutes after Ollie Watkins had levelled for Villa in the second half.

That Spurs went into the weekend having taken fewer shots and created fewer chances than any other side in the Premier League was disappointing but perhaps not a surprise.

This was a result that will ease the immediate pressure but a performance that should convince nobody.

It had been more than a month since Spurs had taken the lead in a league game when Pierre-Emile Højbjerg, having won the ball on halfway, continued his run, and took a pass from Son unmarked on the edge of the box.

By far the biggest positive for Spurs in the first half was that they largely stopped Villa from playing; certainly the visitors were nowhere near as impressive as they had been in recent away games at Manchester United and Chelsea.

“The game was too scrappy,” said Smith. “That was the disappointing thing and we didn’t do enough with possession.”