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Summary

  1. Dembele drives in after outmuscling Clark
  2. Alli volleys in second from edge of area
  3. Ayew 20-yard strike deflects past Lloris
  4. Kane smashes in third in stoppage time
  5. New Villa boss Garde watches from stands

Live Reporting

By Jonathan Jurejko

All times stated are UK

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Hello, goodbye

Remi Garde
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While we say goodbye, he says hello. Our work is over, but Remi Garde's is only just beginning. If the new Aston Villa manager didn't realise he had a massive task on his hands, then he does now.

Make sure you're back with us tomorrow as Manchester goes continental. Both United and City are back in Champions League action. Au revoir!

Stats of the day

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  • Tottenham have lost just one of their last 14 Premier League games against Aston Villa (W10 D3)
  • Spurs forward Harry Kane has bagged five goals in his last five Premier League games after netting just twice in his previous 14 appearances
  • Kane has 21 goals in 2015, three more than any other player in the Premier League
  • Villa have become only the fourth team to lose nine of their opening 11 Premier League games (along with Man City in 95-96, Sheff Weds in 99-00 and Palace in 13-14. Only Palace avoided the drop)
  • Aston Villa have won only one of their last 15 Premier League games on a Monday

Tottenham 3-1 Aston Villa

Defeat leaves Aston Villa with just four points from their opening 11 matches, meaning they are four points adrift of safety.

Second-bottom Sunderland have six points, with Newcastle occupying the third relegation spot on seven points. Bournemouth are fourth-bottom, one behind Norwich and two adrift of sixth-bottom Chelsea. That's reigning champions Chelsea....

Manager reaction - MacDonald

Tottenham 3-1 Aston Villa

More from Aston Villa caretaker manager Kevin MacDonald: "When you're bottom of the league there's always a lack of belief and confidence, particularly with young players. But they have to toughen up. Their performance in the last 20 minutes will have given them a little bit more belief.

"The one thing Remi Garde has is a group of players with a tremendous work ethic. He was a cultured player himself and these players need to take a bit more care on the ball.

"I'll give him my thoughts on who does what and it's up to him to decide. He's got a lot better CV than me in coaching. How we play will be down to him. We've got 27 games left and that's a lot of points to play for. We need probably another 36 points and that's Champions League form."

Spurs go marching in (to the top five)

Tottenham 3-1 Aston Villa

Won five, drawn five, lost one. That's the "good" start by Spurs which Mauricio Pochettino refers to. And this is how it leaves the business end of the Premier League.

Premier League
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Manager reaction - Pochettino

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Mauricio Pochettino
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Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino, speaking to Sky Sports: "In football you must never lose your focus and maybe we lost our position on the pitch late on because our mentality was to go forward. Today we showed some good quality. We suffered a little bit in the last 10 minutes but that's football."

On Dele Alli: "We need to provide him with the tools to improve his game. He is still young and I always say young players need to keep their feet on the ground. Thiis is very important. When you have quality like he does you have to push him and try to improve his game. I'm very pleased with him."

On Tottenham's 10-game unbeaten league run: "It's not important. The next game is important and we need to keep our focus and win the next game. Our start is good but that's nothing."

Unwanted record

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Here's another positive for new Villa boss Remi Garde. He will have to lose his 13 matches at the helm for Villa to match Sunderland's record of 20 consecutive Premier League defeats. The Black Cats must have ran over a few, er, Black Cats back in the mid-noughties. (Their 20 consecutive defeats spanned over the end of the 2002-03 season and the start of their return season in 2005-06.)

Manager reaction - MacDonald

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Kevin MacDonald
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Aston Villa caretaker manager Kevin MacDonald: "For the new manager, the shift the players put in shows that there is something for the manager to work with.

"Remi just left it to ourselves tonight. I'll tell him he's got something to work with and there's a great desire to work with. 

"The players need to keep the ball better and I'm sure Remi will be reiterating that to them as well with his Arsenal background."

On returning to his job as youth-team manager in the morning: "I'll get home at probably around 1am tonight and then I'll be back in at 7 or 8am to work with the younger lads."

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Aston Villa have slumped to seven straight top-flight defeats, their worst run since the Premier League was created in 1992. But are there any positives for new boss Remi Garde to take into his first training session? Caretaker boss Kevin MacDonald believes so....

FULL-TIME

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Villa club captain Gabby Agbonlahor suffered a miserable night, barely having a kick in the first half before being hooked at the break. But the forward was brought off as a precaution after suffering a calf injury, caretaker boss Kevin MacDonald tells us.

Manager reaction

Tottenham 3-1 Aston Villa

Aston Villa caretaker manager Kevin MacDonald: "We came with a game plan but that went out of the window after two minutes. In the second half we created more chances, got a little bit of luck and were fighting, fighting, fighting. But Tottenham have very good players and if you give them a chance they'll score.

"I went with a team I thought could cause problems for Tottenham. It was the best Aston Villa side I thought could start."

Player reaction

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Tottenham defender Jan Vertonghen, asked by Sky Sports if Spurs can finish in the top four: "We try the same thing we do every year. In previous seasons we dropped points at home. Last year we would have lost this one I think but we have a very good team mentalitry-wise and we keep pushing each other."

Floating around the pitch like a butterfly...

Tottenham 3-1 Aston Villa

Dele Alli has the makings of a box-to-box midfielder for England, suggests Three Lions assistant boss Gary Neville. No pressure young man....

But, as his heatmap from tonight's game shows, he definitely has the engine to cover plenty of ground...

Dele Alli
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Alli for England?

Tottenham 3-1 Aston Villa

A few eyebrows were raised when Dele Alli was called up for England duty last month. Perhaps not any more. The 19-year-old impressed with his energy - and composed finish - drawing the plaudits from Sky Sports pundits Gary Neville, Frank Lampard and Jamie Carragher. Carragher, you may recall, criticised Alli's call-up, saying it was too easy for young players to get England call-ups after his inclusion. Think he has changed his tune....

Player reaction

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Dele Alli of Tottenham
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Tottenham teenager Dele Alli on scoring his first goal at White Hart Lane: "It definitely means a lot. The fans have been great, and the players and staff have helped me settle in. So this is for them. 

"I've still got a lot to learn and Jan (Vertonghen) is usually one of the first to tell me where I need to improve! It is great to have leaders like that around. It has made it easier to come here and show what I can do."

Player reaction

Spurs 3-1 Aston Villa

Dele Alli applauds
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Spurs defender Jan Vertonghen on teenage team-mate Dele Alli: "To be honest before he came here I didn't know him! I don't know anything about the lower leagues. And I don't mean that in a bad way! He has impressed everyone since he has arrived. He has been unbelievable."

Football Social under way

The Football Social is under way on BBC Radio 5 live. Get in touch on 0500 909693 as Danny Mills and Conor McNamara join Mark Chapman to discuss tonight's match and assess whether Villa look like a side capable of staying in the Premier League.

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Some on-camera 'bantz' as Spurs defender Jan Vertonghen admits he had no idea who Dele Ali was before he arrived at White Hart Lane. The ex-Milton Keynes youngster laughs shyly at the Belgian's lack of League One knowledge...

Player reaction

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Harry Kane
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Tottenham goalscorer Harry Kane: "We've got a great squad and some great young players. It's great for Tottenham and great for the country. It's about maintaining that and we need to push on."

Asked if he ever doubted himself during a barren run at the start of the season: "I don't think you can doubt yourself at this level. You have to stay confident and wait for your chances and that's what I've done. I had to wait until stoppage time tonight but you have to be patient."

FULL-TIME

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Spurs centre-back Jan Vertonghen on Sky Sports: "It was nervy in the end but we were very solid before that - they tried hard to score that equaliser. It's a shame that we didn't manage to keep the clean sheet but it was a good win."  

FULL-TIME

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Here's why Spurs deserved their win. They dominated possession and territory, plus had 17 attempts at the Villa goal. 

Villa
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FULL-TIME

Tottenham 3-1 Aston Villa

All over! Spurs made hard work of it, but in the end are celebrating a well-deserved win. Spurs go 10 matches unbeaten in the Premier League to move above West Ham into fifth. Villa are rock bottom after their seventh straight defeats. A lot of fat for Remi Garde to chew over.

GOAL - Tottenham 3-1 Aston Villa

Harry Kane

Harry Kane celebrates
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Game, set and match. Tottenham seal victory through a man who is back in the groove. An unmarked Harry Kane screams for the ball at the far side of the Villa box, coolly being picked out by Erik Lamela. And the England man smashes into the top corner. Huge sigh of relief from the majority inside White Hart Lane.

Tottenham 2-1 Aston Villa

Young Spurs sub Josh Onomah isn't feeling any tension. Youthful exuberance sees him drive forward but his shot from distance lacks power. Three minutes for Spurs to wrap this up or for Villa to salvage a draw...

INJURY TIME

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"Four minutes of stoppage time," announces the Spurs PA bloke with a hint of tension. Both sets of fans bellow their support for their teams...

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Jordan Ayew of Aston Villa
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Tom Holmes: If Villa can grab something out of this game it'll be pretty much the definition of a smash and grab.

NathB: Remember when Villa played outrageous counter attacking football? Whatever happened to that?

SUBSTITUTION

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Now Spurs go for the oldest time-wasting trick in the book - a late substitution. Dele Alli is the man replaced, with another youngster Josh Onomah coming on for his Premier League debut.

Tottenham 2-1 Aston Villa

Joleon Lescott
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Tottenham look to take the sting out of Villa with a much-needed spell of possession in the away half. Erik Lamela slows the tempo right down, teases the Villa defence and forces a home corner.

Final five

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Five minutes for Tottenham to hang on. I cannot believe I am writing that....

Danny Mills

BBC Radio 5 live at White Hart Lane

Remi Garde
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"Remi Garde has the best poker face on the planet. If Aston Villa get back in this it could turn around their whole season." 

Tottenham 2-1 Aston Villa

Who saw this coming? Not me. Villa go close again. Jordan Ayew belting a dipping shot inches over the Spurs crossbar. Now it is the away end - behind the goal which Villa are attacking - which is making all the noise.

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Rudy Gestede
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Almost an equaliser! A high ball is slung towards new Spurs arrival Ben Davies, who sees the shadow of Villa striker Rudy Gestede looming over him. Davies is not trusted to deal with the high ball by keeper Hugo Lloris who charges out of his goal. The Frenchman misses the ball, but is relieved to see Gestede's header drop the wrong side of the post.

Shoooooooot!

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Aston Villa have had nine shots in the second half, three times as many as the first. Her's how Jordan Ayew's strike went in, though this doesn't show the deflection that took the ball past Hugo Lloris.

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SUBSTITUTION

Tottenham 2-1 Aston Villa

Danny Rose is finished for the evening. On comes Ben Davies in a straight swap. The Welshman's first job is help stop the Villa onslaught....

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Jordan Ayew celebrates
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Villa fancy this now! Tottenham momentarily down to 10 men as Danny Rose receives some treatment. Can Villa take advantage?

GOAL - Tottenham 2-1 Aston Villa

Jordan Ayew

Jordan Ayew
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Here we go! The Villa comeback is on. Spurs pay the price for losing concentration. Ryan Mason gives away possession inside his own half, allowing Jordan Ayew to drive forward before launching a low shot goalwards from distance. The ball flies past Hugo Lloris into the bottom left corner, with the aid of a deflection off Jan Vertonghen. Game on!

HITS THE WOODWORK

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Almost a lifeline for Aston Villa! Leandro Bacuna smashes the post with a curling effort from outside the Spurs box. Hope for the visitors?

Tottenham 2-0 Aston Villa

Aston Villa - not enough ambition or can they simply just not get out?

They are finding themselves in much deeper positions on average than their Tottenham counterparts, as the graphic below highlights.

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Tottenham's average positions on the left, Villa's on the right

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Danny Mills

BBC Radio 5 live at White Hart Lane

"That's the difference between the Championship and the Premier League. Rudy Gested just hesitated for those two chances, but you don't get that time, the defenders are onto you."

Tottenham 2-0 Aston Villa

Rudy Gestede is getting a taste for this now. Following the corner which he won, the Villa man finds himself presented with another opportunity. But this team he is faced by a wall of white shirts who block his shot.