Match report:<br> Spurs 5, Villa 1
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Sunday's five-star show took us back into seventh spot in the Barclays Premiership and set up a mouth-watering clash at Middlesbrough next weekend.
The game had everything - great goals, chances, saves, a penalty, controversy and, the only down side, an injury that forced keeper Paul Robinson off in the second half.
Fredi Kanoute struck twice, Ledley King, Andy Reid and Stephen Kelly one each but Reid's was the pick of the bunch - a 30-yarder screamer that crashed in off the underside of the crossbar - and arguably the most important.
We steamed into a 3-0 lead in an eventful first half but were pegged back by a harsh penalty award just before half-time.
Gareth Barry made no mistake from the spot to give Villa a glimmer of hope and they were the better side at the start of the second half. Robinson's injury just after the hour added to our worries at the time but that was all wiped out by Reid's goal on 68 minutes.
Villa were gone after that and it was a case of how many more we would score - as it turned out, one more, via Kelly a minute from time.
Martin Jol made just one change from Highbury with Robbie Keane in for Jermain Defoe and partnering Kanoute up front.
Both keepers were called into action inside the opening two minutes as Robinson got a hand to Davis' one-on-one and Postma made a reaction block to deny King's near post header.
The first controversy came after four minutes when Delaney went down under Edman's challenge - no penalty awarded - and we went straight up the other end to open the scoring. Villa were asking for a foul as Kanoute brushed aside Ridgewell, controlled a long ball and finished off the inside of the post. Still only five minutes gone!
Villa wobbled for a few minutes as Davis then Kanoute fired into the Park Lane end but the second goal wasn't too far away.
It all started when Davies intercepted a pass with Villa on the attack and the Welsh star travelled fully 60 yards down the right before his low cross was scrambled away. Carrick's corner was cleared to Reid who controlled and fired through the bodies onto the foot of the post, the loose ball fell to King who poked home from close range.
Six minutes later and it was 3-0. This time it came via a Postma save from Davis' near post header, Reid took the corner short to Davies, his cross was headed back into his own box by Solano, Keane was upended by a combination of Laursen and Angel but as we looked for a penalty, Kanoute swooped to drill high into the roof of the net.
Villa looked rattled. Laursen almost headed into his own net, Keane volleyed a free-kick just over and Davies fired wide.
A 3-0 lead at half-time would have been perfect but there was more controversy just before the whistle. Dawson dived in to block a fierce Angel strike that struck him on the hands just a matter of yards away. Referee Mark Clattenburgh nevertheless pointed to the spot, leaving Dawson in disbelief. Barry drilled the penalty down the middle and it was 3-1 at the break.
That clearly gave Villa a lift and they were the better side for the first 15 minutes after the break.
Robinson was alert to tip over from Vassell and then brave when the pair met again after 61 minutes - the keeper coming off worst in a 50-50 tackle as Vassell slid in for Solano's pass.
He hobbled around for a few minutes but was soon replaced by Radek Cerny making his debut.
Villa continued to press before Reid's wonder strike after 68 minutes. Dawson broke up play, the ball went through Davies and Davis to Reid just over half-way. He carried the ball for 20 yards before unleashing a drive that flashed home off the underside of the crossbar.
It was all us after that. Defoe and Mido replaced Keane and Kanoute and were hungry to add to the tally - Defoe's effort clipped the top of the crossbar, Davies had another couple of effort before the finale, Davis back-heeled to the overlapping Kelly who controlled and beat Postma at the near post.
GUIDE TO THE ACTION
1min: SAVE. Villa break, Angel lobbed pass to overlapping Davis, pace took him into box, one-on-one, Robinson made save.
2mins: SAVE. King met Reid's corner at near post, Postma made point-blank block.
4mins: PENALTY? Delaney burst into box, Edman attempted challenge from wrong side, Delaney went over, referee waves away appeals.
5mins: GOAL. Play straight up the other end, long ball, Kanoute brushed aside challenge of Ridgewell and finished one-on-one, ball in off post.
Spurs 1, Villa 0
5mins: YELLOW. Postma booked for dissent.
10mins: Postma rolled ball out for Hitzlsperger, he wasn't looking, Davis nipped in but dragged shot wide.
11mins: Kanoute blazed into Park Lane end from 20 yards.
13mins: Great cover from Kelly to clear after blatant push on King by Vassell allowed Vassell to cross for supporting Barry.
16mins: YELLOW. Davis for foul on Hitzlsperger.
18mins: Villa attack broken up by Davies, 60-yard burst down the right, low cross missed by Kanoute and cleared off Reid's toe.
18mins: GOAL. Carrick's corner cleared to Reid, he controlled and shot through crowd of bodies cannoned back off post, rebound fell to King to poke home from close range.
Spurs 2, Villa 0
24mins: Scare as Robinson attempted clearance charged down by Angel - Robinson able to pick up loose ball.
25mins: SAVE. Kanoute skills left Samuel, low cross to near post met with diving header by Davis that hit Postma and went for corner.
26mins: GOAL. Carrick took short corner to Davies, his cross headed back into own box by Solano, Keane tricks and looked to be brought down but in same moment, Kanoute pounced to finish into roof of net.
Spurs 3, Villa 0
31mins: CLOSE. Carrick led break, pass on but ball seemed to get stuck under his feet, played wide to Kanoute whose first-time cross for Keane was headed inches wide of his own goal by Laursen.
36mins: Keane's flick up and shot from free-kick deflected just over.
38mins: Davies fired over from 25 yards.
43mins: Barry break needed King and Kelly to avert danger.
45mins: PENALTY/GOAL. Amazing decision to award handball against Dawson as Angel blasted from five yards away. Nevertheless, penalty given and Barry drilled down the middle.
Spurs 3, Villa 1
Half-time: Spurs 3, Villa 1
46mins: SAVE. Reid dribbled from left to right, right-foot shot back across Postma from 25 yards that the keeper did well to deflect wide.
50mins: SAVE. Barry clipped clever ball to Vassell who controlled and half-volleyed in an instant but Robinson was there to tip over.
54mins: Great break from Kelly down right, looked to cut back to Kanoute but Samuel back to clear.
58mins: SUBS. Moore and Hendrie for Hitzsperger and Angel.
61mins: SAVE. Robinson out bravely to meet Vassell's studs 50-50 from Solano's slide-rule pass. Both players needed treatment, Robinson limping.
63mins: SUB. Cerny for injured Robinson.
68mins: GOAL. Villa attack broken up by Dawson on edge of our box, ball passed to Reid via Davies and Davis, Reid carried ball from half-way before crashing into top corner from 30 yards.
Spurs 4, Villa 1
71mins: CLOSE. Keane attempted clever flick header from Reid's cross but didn't get enough on it to carry over Postma.
75mins: Davies run, cut in from right, didn't get enough on shot to trouble Postma.
77mins: SUBS. Mido and Defoe for Kanoute and Keane.
83mins: WOODWORK. Laursen headed massive clearance from Cerny straight to Defoe, shot deflected onto top of crossbar.
83mins: Carrick picked out Davies from corner, first-time volley skidded just wide.
87mins: SAVE. Davies intercepted Villa pass, fed Defoe, instant low shot blocked by Postma on line.
89mins: GOAL. Davis lovely back-heel pass to Kelly supporting from right-back, controlled and finished from close range.
Spurs 5, Villa 1
Injury time: YELLOW. Solano for foul on Davies.
Injury time: Defoe curled free-kick just over from edge of box.
Full time: Spurs 5, Villa 1
Spurs (4-4-2): Robinson (Cerny, 63); Kelly, Edman, King, Dawson; Davies, Carrick, Davis, Reid; Kanoute (Mido, 77), Keane (Defoe, 77). Subs: Ziegler, Bunjevcevic.
Villa: Postma, Delaney, Samuel, Laursen, Barry, Angel (Moore, 58), Vassell, Solano, Hitzlsperger (Hendrie, 58), Ridgewell, Davis. Subs: Sorensen, De La Cruz, Cole.