Villa 0-4 Spurs
Report from Villa Park
24 September 2013|Tottenham Hotspur
Round four of the Capital One Cup beckons after a double from Jermain Defoe and goals from Paulinho and Nacer Chadli ensured a safe passage past the third round assignment of Aston Villa away.
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 goalscoring account.
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, Weimann, Robinson.
Spurs: Friedel; Walker (Dawson, 78), Chiriches, Vertonghen, Fryers; Paulinho (Dembele, 64), Sandro; Lamela, Holtby, Kane (Chadli, 73); Defoe. Subs not used: Gomes, Naughton, Townsend, Soldado.
Goals: Spurs - Defoe (45+1, 90+2), Paulinho (48), Chadli (86).
Referee: Mr J Moss.