Harry Kane might have left it late tonight but his slick late finish at the Lane – his fourth in two matches – shows he’s on his way back to the form we saw last season. There was also a welcome boost for punters taking advantage of Paddy Power’s 3/1 price push to score at any time.
Lamela, with a sublime assist, also showed signs once again that he’s starting to justify the price tag.
Up until the last ten, Spurs looked set to waltz through for the three points. But uncharacteristically edgy keeping from Lloris nearly let Villa in at the death; his lurch off the line almost punished by Gestede who rose to flick on a ball he never looked in danger of reaching.
In the end it trickled just wide.
In truth, without impressing Spurs were solid enough to deserve all three points. Even if a deflected scuff from Ayew made for a tense last ten minutes.
Dembele had opened the scoring after three minutes, cutting in and out-muscling the Villa right back before neatly finishing between the goalkeeper’s legs. Alli then widened the gap just before the break with a neat volley after Rose’ cross had been only half cleared.
The game ebbed and flowed throughout the second period, without ever really sparking until the last ten when, with Ayew’s goal, Villa briefly threatened a late comeback.
There was also time for a brief cameo for Onomah, who made his Premier League debut this evening. The youngster didn’t have long enough for fans to learn a great deal, but he clearly has confidence and showed a couple of neat touches.
For anyone taking advantage of Paddy Power’s 3/1 special on Kane to score (anytime) his last minute belter was a beautiful climax. Enjoy it below…