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Harry Ade!

Posted on 21 November 2011  - 12:00

Emmanuel Adebayor handed Harry Redknapp the perfect return to work with a double strike to sink Villa 2-0 at the Lane on Monday night.

Emmanuel Adebayor handed Harry Redknapp the perfect return to work with a double strike to sink Villa 2-0 at the Lane on Monday night.

The striker scored two contrasting goals to clinch the three points with the manager back on the bench after recent heart surgery.

The first was a spectacular overhead kick in the 14th minute, the second a tap-in from a matter of inches five minutes before half-time.

That proved more than enough on the night against a Villa team that offered little going forward and stretched our run to eight wins and a draw from our last nine matches in the Premier League.

The win also lifted us up to third in the table.

Harry opted to field the same starting XI for the third-successive match in the Premier League. Van der Vaart was fit to play after a slight injury concern on duty for Holland, Giovani was back in the bench.

Before the action got underway, members of the 1st and 4th Battalions of the Rifles regiment led the teams out on Tickets For Troops night at the Lane.

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Adebayor was off target with the first serious chance of the game in the 11th minute, nodding wide from six yards after Benoit Assou-Ekotto had spread the play wide for Aaron Lennon to cross.

That signalled a fine spell for the next 20 minutes.

Stephen Warnock somehow managed to divert Younes Kaboul's volley wide but from the corner, we opened the scoring in spectacular style.

Rafa Van der Vaart angled the corner to the edge of the box where it was met by Gareth Bale, he volleyed into the ground and the ball bounced up perfectly for Adebayor to execute a spectacular overhead kick.

The football flowed. Van der Vaart played a short corner with Lennon and fired into the side-netting and then a goal of the season attempt as van der Vaart floated a superb pass into the path of Adebayor, who went for a first-time, flying volley but didn't get hold of it.

Van der Vaart was then sent through by Adebayor and spotted Shay Given off his line, but lifted his early attempted lob a yard over.

There was a warning on the half-hour as Gabriel Agbonlahor broke centrally before laying into Emile Heskey, left of centre, 16 yards from goal. He had Darren Bent in support at the far post and his effort ended between the two, zipping two yards wide.

The second goal arrived on 40 minutes and Adebayor won't score an easier one.

Luka Modric spread the play wide to Bale, who whipped in one of his trademark crosses to the near post. James Collins slid in to intercept but could only divert the ball towards his own goal, where Adebayor gratefully prodded over the line from all of a foot.

Bent forced Brad Friedel into his only save of the match two minutes into the second half, diving to his left to gather in a decent header from 10 yards.

Play soon switched to the other end and a golden chance for Adebayor to grab a hat-trick.

Modric burst forward over half-way and with Villa's defence high up the pitch, released the striker clean through on goal. As Collins closed in, Adebayor opted to take his shot early but side-footed wide, 52 minutes on the clock.

Two shots whistled just wide in four minutes. First, Kyle Walker let fly from 25 yards, his effort inches from the top corner and then Adebayor curled agonisingly just wide from the edge of the box.

We controlled possession and the next chance fell to Adebayor again, this time Given spread himself to make a brave block from close range after a scramble.

Parker tried his luck a couple of times in the last 10 minutes as we continued to dominate.

Two minutes added time passed without incident and it was business as normal for Harry and the team on home soil.

Spurs (4-4-1-1): Friedel; Walker, Kaboul, King, Assou-Ekotto; Lennon, Modric (Sandro, 89), Parker, Bale; Van der Vaart (Defoe, 69); Adebayor. Unused ubs: Cudicini, Bassong, Gallas, Giovani, Pienaar.

Aston Villa (4-3-3): Given; Cuellar (Bannan, 63), Collins, Dunne, Warnock; Hutton, Petrov, Herd (Delph, 87); Agbonlahor, Bent, Heskey. Unused subs: Guzan, Ireland, N'Zogbia, Clark, Weimann.

Goals: Spurs - Adebayor 14, 40.

Attendance: 35,818.

Referee: Mr M Halsey.