Tottenham 2-1 Villa: van der Vaart double sinks Villa

Tottenham recruit Rafael van der Vaart scored a goal each side of half-time to give his club a come-from-behind win over Aston Villa.

Tottenham recruit Rafael van der Vaart scored a goal each side of half-time to give his club a come-from-behind win over Aston Villa.

The Holland international levelled for Spurs in stoppage time of the first half after Marc Albrighton had earlier put Villa ahead before grabbing the winner 15 minutes from time to give the Londoners maximum points.

It was a great back up from their 4-1 Champions League win over FC Twente, again avoiding a European hangover to go fifth on the table.

Tottenham Hotspur: 2 (Rafael van der Vaart 45+3’, 75’)
Aston Villa: 1 (Marc Albrighton 16’)

Venue: White Hart Lane, North London
Crowd: 35,871
Referee: Mark Clattenburg
Yellow cards: TH - Gareth Bale 90’
AV - Ashley Young 29’, Marc Albrighton 45’, James Collins 85’

Starting Line-Ups

TH
Heurelho Gomes (gk), Sebastien Bassong, Tom Huddlestone, Benoit Assou-Ekotto, Alan Hutton, Luka Modric (Palacios 78’), Jermaine Jenas, Gareth Bale, Rafael van der Vaart (SAndro 90’), Peter Crouch, Roman Pavlyuchenko (Lennon 45’)

Subs - Carlo Cudicini (gk), Robbie Keane, Niko Kranjcar, Aaron Lennon (45’), Vedran Corluka, Wilson Palacios (78’), Sandro (90’)

AV
Brad Friedel (gk), Richard Dunne, James Collins, Stephen Warnock, Luke Young, Stiliyan Petrov (Ireland 81’), Nigel Reo-Coker, Ashley Young, Stewart Downing, Marc Albrighton (Bannan 81’), Emile Heskey (Carew 36’)

Subs - Brad Guzan (gk), John Carew (36’), Steve Sidwell, Carlos Cuellar, Stephen Ireland (81’), Ciaran Clark, Barry Bannan (81’)

 
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