It was a composed and authoritative
display and the outcome appeared in little doubt once Defoe broke the
deadlock just before the break.
It was a special night for the striker - his two goals took him to 139 for Spurs and into the top five of our all-time goalscorering list. He leapfrogged George Hunt (138) into fifth place, behind Cliff Jones, Martin Chivers, Bobby Smith and Jimmy Greaves.
Andre made eight changes to the side that
overcame Cardiff City pretty much at last orders on Sunday, with only
Kyle Waker, Jan Vertonghen and the match winner Paulinho making the
Capital One Cup cut.
There was a debut for Vlad Chiriches and a first start for Zeki Fryers.
Villa also made eight changes and there
was a lot of empty seats around Villa Park, with the exception of the
top tier behind the goal occupied by former Villa keeper Brad Friedel -
full up with Spurs fans.
Harry Kane and Erik Lamela came closest
to opening the scoring in the opening third of the half before the first
clear chance fell for Marc Albrighton, with Friedel having to stoop low
to his left to deny the winger.
Defoe then forced a good save from Jed
Steer with a rasping drive. The game then began to drift towards
half-time with little in the way of penalty area activity until Lewis
Holtby picked out an excellent run from Lamela through on goal. His shot
carried some power but it was close to the keeper and Steer managed to
get a hand to his effort and divert over the bar.
Defoe then perhaps should have scored
after being played in by Kane, but Steer was again able to re-route his
shot away from goal.
The lead was seized in a superb fashion
just as the added time at the end of the first half was being relayed to
the crowd. Holtby dinked in a teasing ball into the area into the
flight path of Defoe who nodded past a stranded Steer.
Villa had a chance to level when Ron
Vlaar hit a long ball over the top into the run of sub Nicklas Helenius.
The striker shot over, but not before nearly losing his shorts in a
tangle with Vertonghen.
On 48 minutes the advantage was doubled
when a Holtby corner was prodded home at the near post by Paulinho with
the studs of his boot.
Our first change came on 63 minutes with
the introduction of Mousa Dembele in place of two goals in two games man
Paulinho. Chadli made his return from injury on 73 minutes, taking the
place of the industrious Kane who was unlucky not to open his
Aleksandar Tonev's powerful hit from
outside the area saw to it that Friedel was called into meaningful
action for the first time in the half, the goalkeeper responding with
strong hands to push away.
Villa were building up a little head of
steam and trying to snatch a goal to ensure a nervous ending. Another
one of the weekend survivors was given a rest with 11 minutes left on
the clock when Michael Dawson took over from Walker, with Cheriches
switching to right back.
The seal was put on the night on 86
minutes when Defoe picked out the run into the area of Chadli who, from
an angle, smashed low past Steer to make it 3-0.
In stoppage time Defoe netted a second.
After great work from Holtby, he rounded the keeper and rolled the ball
into the net to make it well and truly game over.
Villa: Steer; Lowton, Vlaar, Baker,
Bennett; Sylla, Bacuna; Albrighton, El Ahmadi (Bowery, 46), Tonev
(Johnson, 82); Kozak (Helenius, 46). Subs not used: Guzan, Clark,
Spurs: Friedel; Walker (Dawson, 78),
Chiriches, Vertonghen, Fryers; Paulinho (Dembele, 64), Sandro; Lamela,
Holtby, Kane (Chadli, 73); Defoe. Subs not used: Gomes, Naughton,
Goals: Spurs - Defoe (45+1, 90+2), Paulinho (48), Chadli (86).
Referee: Mr J Moss.