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Houllier left disappointed with first defeat as Villa manager

Aston Villa boss Gerard Houllier was left disappointed with their 2-1 defeat at Tottenham.

Villa's defeat was Houllier's first since taking charge after he claimed victories in his opening two games in the dugout.

The former Liverpool boss was unhappy with the amount of first-half stoppage-time played by referee Mark Clattenburg, who allowed more than the minimum of two minutes he had indicated, giving Van der Vaart the time to level.

"I was just not happy with the equaliser because the game had elapsed quite a long time after the two minutes which were indicated," Houllier explained.

"But that's the referee; the law says it's a minimum of two minutes. He decided it was three minutes."

The Frenchman also felt the visitors should have been awarded a penalty for a foul on Emile Heskey, who went on to set up the opener.

The former England striker injured himself laying on Albrighton's 16th-minute goal and was replaced 10 minutes before half-time by John Carew.

Revealing Heskey merely had a dead leg, Houllier said: "Don't get me wrong, I think John Carew did a good job but, probably, it's not the same player.

"I've got mixed feelings because, at the same time that I'm proud of their performance, I'm disappointed with the result. A more fair result would have been a draw."

He added: "The only thing we can blame ourselves for is probably the fact that we didn't take our chances. A couple of times, we could have sealed the game."

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