League matters were the main focus of the weekend, and whilst the scoreline was very different to a week earlier, the feeling of a job well done will have been similar. After a 9-1 mauling of Wigan, Spurs travelled to Aston Villa and came away with a very creditable and deserved point. Having fallen behind early on, when Gabriel Agbonlahor scored in spite of Benoit Assou-Ekotto’s best efforts on the goal line, Spurs hit back with a dominant second half showing. Defender Michael Dawson’s forward’s finish levelled the scores and only a fine showing from Villa keeper Brad Friedel denied the visitors all three points.
There will no doubt be disappointment that the victory proved elusive, but there will be a great satisfaction at the level of the performance and at having avoided defeat in a tricky fixture. Villa are an attractive, well-organised team who will be challenging alongside the Lilywhites for a place at Europe’s top table come the end of the campaign. The phrase ‘six-pointer’ is usually a clich