Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke scored the winning goal in the first-half against Tottenham to earn a valuable win for the relegation-threatened side, while manager Tim Sherwood beat his former employers on his first return back to White Hart Lane as a coach, reports BBC Sport.
Aston Villa took the lead in the 35th minute through the in-form Belgian, who headed home a Leandro Bacuna cross. The Villans could have had a second when Gabby Agbonlahor hit the post after latching on to a Benteke flick-on, but they went into the break with their slim lead.
The likes of Harry Kane was quiet largely for Tottenham all afternoon, while Christian Eriksen made little impact too. It wasn’t a vintage showing by the Londoners by any means, and as the second-half ticked on, Villa grew more and more in confidence and looked the more likely to score.
Fabian Delph will feel he should have put the game beyond doubt after being put through on goal, but Spurs goalkeeper Michel Vorm was on hand to thwart him.
Nevertheless, Villa ran out worth winners at full-time, while Tottenham’s sombre end to the season continued with a lacklustre showing at home to a side fighting relegation.
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