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By George Lacey
Monday, October 21, 2013
Tottenham blogger George Lacey gives his verdict on yesterday’s 2-0 triumph at Villa Park.
Andros Townsend was back making headlines for the right reasons on Sunday as Spurs ran out comfortable 2-0 winners away at Aston Villa.
Andre Villas-Boas rang a few changes to the Spurs line-up, handing Romanian captain Vlad Chiriches his first start in the Premier League, partnering Michael Dawson in defence.
There were also starts for Sandro, who made his first start in a Premier League game this season and Lewis Holtby, who replaced Christian Eriksen in the No10 role behind Roberto Soldado.
I was delighted to see Sandro back amongst it and his all-action display alongside his Brazilian compatriot Paulinho provided the steel in midfield that perhaps we have lacked in recent weeks, having fallen away in the second half against Chelsea and West Ham.
Townsend became England’s saviour during the international break and he put pen to paper on a bumper new deal on his return to Spurs last week.
His star-studded displays so far this season warranted a new contract and, again on Sunday, he proved that his recent heroics were no flash in the pan.
In a dull first half, his cross-cum-shot found its way into Brad Guzan’s goal on the half-hour mark, giving him his first Premier League goal for Spurs.
Another dazzling display on the right wing earned him the man of the match award as he topped off the one of the “best few weeks” of his life.
Meanwhile, Roberto Soldado got his first goal from open play this season after a beautifully weighted pass from Paulinho slid in the Spaniard, who coolly slotted home.
It was a typical Soldado finish as he got onto the end of a slick move, and hopefully now he can kick-start his season as his goals will be imperative to anything Spurs achieve this campaign.
Aaron Lennon also made his first-team comeback and looked like he’d never been away. Replacing Gylfi Sigurdsson in the second half, he looked sharp and hungry, and his return will certainly be welcomed by Villas-Boas and his squad.
We now have so many options in midfield I feel we could field two strong Premier League sides. Getting the balance right and keeping everyone pulling in the same direction will be the test for AVB, as games in the Europa League and Capital One Cup in the next few weeks will provide another platform for him to experiment with the squad.
It was a vital win for Spurs after a crushing 3-0 home defeat against West Ham last time out - and a timely reminder to the rest of our rivals that it was only a minor blip.
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