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Summary

  1. Kane double gives Spurs 2-0 win over Villa
  2. Aston Villa XI: Guzan, Hutton, Okore, Lescott, Cissokho, Westwood, Gana, Ayew, Gil, Veretout, Gestede.
  3. Tottenham XI: Lloris, Walker, Alderweireld, Wimmer, Rose, Dier, Dembele, Lamela, Alli, Eriksen, Kane.

Live Reporting

By Phil Dawkes

All times stated are UK

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Thanks and goodbye

Aston Villa 0-2 Tottenham

That is all from me. If you want to follow the reaction to this game and from the FA Cup last-eight tie between Man Utd and West Ham, which has just finished 1-1, you can do so here.

I'll see thee.

FULL-TIME

Aston Villa 0-2 Tottenham

It doesn't get any easier than that for Spurs. Two Harry Kane goals, both set up by Dele Alli, sends them two points behind leaders Leicester.

Villa have now lost 20 games this season. There is no coming back from that.

Aston Villa 0-2 Tottenham

I reckon I could have played in goal for Tottenham today. I'd have spent the game sat down, leaning against the post casually drinking a gin and tonic.

Aston Villa 0-2 Tottenham

Only three more minutes of added time for Villa to suffer.

SUBSTITUTION

Aston Villa 0-2 Tottenham

Spurs' final change sees Erik Lamela depart and Nacer Chadli charge on to help defend a free-kick. Harry Kane is the man who gets his head on it to clear.

HITS THE WOODWORK

Aston Villa 0-2 Tottenham

What?! How?! Joleon Lescott comes in at the back post after a corner is flicked on and somehow plants his volley on to the side of the post and behind.

The offside flag is up but the defender didn't know that. Awful.

SUBSTITUTION

Aston Villa 0-2 Tottenham

Dele Alli's work here is done. And what fine work it has been. Ryan Mason replaces him.

HITS THE WOODWORK (TWICE)

Aston Villa 0-2 Tottenham

Villa are really unlucky. Just when they needed a break, the goal-frame cruelly denies them. Jordan Ayew beats two men with a run down the byline before shooting low against the base of the post before Rudy Gestede somehow lifts his follow-shot on to the bar. 

Small clarification: Ayew was unlucky, Gestede should have scored.

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Aston Villa 0-2 Tottenham

Mamaliga Zilnica: Aston Villa actually look like they've been playing for 50+ hours for Sport Relief. If so, then I hope they raised loads of cash.

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Aston Villa 0-2 Tottenham

Rudy Gestede is a big man, but for Toby Alderweireld this is a full-time job. The Villa striker looks to turn and get away but meets a brick wall and loses possession. Spurs have been superior in every department today.

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Aston Villa 0-2 Tottenham

James: Dele Ali hands down PFA Young Player of Year.

I wholeheartedly concur, James.

SUBSTITUTION

Aston Villa 0-2 Tottenham

Points pretty much in the bag, Mauricio Pochettino takes the chance to give Christain Eriksen a little rest, sending on Tom Carroll in his place.

Aston Villa 0-2 Tottenham

Eriksen! Over the bar. Danny Rose gets free down the left and crosses low for the Dane to fire over from 15 yards out. That will be Eriksen's last act.

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Aston Villa 0-2 Tottenham

Nearly 3-0. The ball breaks for Erik Lamela in the box after Christian Eriksen's pass takes a deflection, but the winger's hot is blocked behind for a corner. The resulting set-piece is cleared by the home side.

Aston Villa 0-2 Tottenham

Spurs are trying tricks now. Dele Alli looks to flick the ball through to Erik Lamela and gives a little grin when it doesn't come off. He's bought himself the right to try that with his two assists for Kane.

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Aston Villa 0-2 Tottenham

Oh, decent effort from Villa. Rudy Gestede chests down a throw-in from the left before volleying a shot across goal and wide. Hugo Lloris didn't have to dive but that is probably Villa's best effort of this half.

SUBSTITUTION

Aston Villa 0-2 Tottenham

Off goes Carles Gil, on comes Scott Sinclair. Remi Garde desperately seeking for something, anything to get Villa back into this game.

Aston Villa 0-2 Tottenham

It is a sorry state of affairs at Villa right now. Sad to see any club whose hierarchy is so at odds with its fanbase.

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Tim Arstall: Lerner Out banners unveiled at Villa Park. Stewards try to wrestle them away from the fans as the crowd boos. Club in crisis.

Aston Villa 0-2 Tottenham

You know that bit in the Matrix when Keanu Reeves figures out he's the one and starts fighting the agents with one hand. That is what Spurs are like at the moment. It is so easy for them. Villa are running around and going nowhere.

Aston Villa 0-2 Tottenham

The Spurs players are queuing up to have a pop. Christian Eriksen considers it before passing, Eric Dier does the same, and then Kyle Walker fires from an angle but sees his effort blocked.

Lineker backs Spurs duo

Aston Villa 0-2 Tottenham

Both goals for Spurs have gone to Harry Kane. Both assists to Dele Alli. Both players musts for England's starting eleven.

SUBSTITUTION

Aston Villa 0-2 Tottenham

Something had to change for Villa. Interestingly, Remi Garde hands a debut to 18-year-old Andre Green. What has he got to lose? 

Aston Villa 0-2 Tottenham

Tottenham are finding gaps with ease now. Danny Rose's cross-field pass releases Kyle Walker, who drives towards the box before unleashing a shot that Brad Guzan has to parry.

I'd be very surprised if this ended 2-0. Villa are done.

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Chris Potter: 2-0 not good enough for Spurs today against this Villa side. Goal difference could be vital - we need another two or three.

Will Walter: Toby Alderweireld is an absolute Rolls Royce of a defender - arguably the best signing of the summer.

Ben Crowhurst: Going to be hard to pick between Alderweireld and Alli for Spurs player of the season.

Aston Villa 0-2 Tottenham

Joleon Lescott sums up the feelings of everyone connected with Villa right now by contorting his face in pain as he slices a clearance out to the left side of the pitch. He looks around at his team-mates, who look desperately around at each other in return.

The only ones doing anything decisive are the home fans, who try some singing and clapping to urge their side on.

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David Ljunggren: What a gorgeous Spurs move that was, almost like a work of art; one of the nicest goals I've seen all season.

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Aston Villa 0-2 Tottenham

Toby Alderweireld has played every minute of every Premier League game for Tottenham this season. He is like a rock. With a fancy haircut. Jordan Ayew looks to drive towards the Spurs box but the defender steps out to tackle him and head off the danger.

Aston Villa 0-2 Tottenham

That is 22 goals for the season for Harry Kane (19 in the league - level with Jamie Vardy) and 10 assists this campaign for Dele Alli.

Roy Hodgson, you only need to worry about nine other spots now.

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Jon Evans: Oh no, my optimism was wrong. Half time didn't help prevent the collapse. #lernerout

GOAL - Aston Villa 0-2 Tottenham

Harry Kane

I reckon this is game over. Tottenham's magic combination works for the second time as Dele Alli's low cross into the box from the left is met by the onrushing Harry Kane and poked into the roof of the net. Remi Garde's team-talk has just exited stage left.

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Aston Villa 0-1 Tottenham

Villa come on strong at the start of the second half with a concerted spell of pressure in and around the Spurs box. A number of players try to dig out a shot but a couple of timely blocks means Hugo Lloris is not called into action.

Soon after Jordon Veretout's long-range shot does draw a save from Lloris, but is a comfortable one.

KICK-OFF

Aston Villa 0-1 Tottenham

We are back under way.

Aston Villa 0-1 Tottenham

Here come the teams for the second half...

Aston Villa 0-1 Tottenham

7 - Only Sergio Aguero (9) has scored more Premier League goals in 2016 than Harry Kane (7). Persistent.

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Aston Villa 0-1 Tottenham

Ben Skinner: To the people going on about how well Villa have played. Spurs should be 3-0 up! Shows how bad they have been recently!

Aston Villa 0-1 Tottenham

I've just been alerted to a replay of the Erik Lamela shot that struck the post in that half. At first, I thought it was a poorly-placed effort from the Spurs player but on closer inspection it took a superb save from Bard Guzan to tip it onto the woodwork. Cap doffed Brad.

Shot-shy Villa

Aston Villa 0-1 Tottenham

In contrast, Villa had just three shots in total that half. The green one below is the close-range volley from Rudy Gestede. He should have scored.

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If at first you don't succeed...

Aston Villa 0-1 Tottenham

Harry Kane could have scored a hat-trick in that half. He hit the bar with one shot and fired a clear chance straight at Brad Guzan before finally bagging just before the break. He has hit more shots on target than any other Premier League player this term (58) and only Everton's Romelu Lukaku (25) has more goals than Kane (21) in all competuitions this season (Sergio Aguero also has 21).

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Aston Villa 0-1 Tottenham

There is never a good time to concede, especially when you are rock bottom of the league. But when your confidence is so fragile, as Villa's is, and you have produced a decent 44 minutes of football (which is rarity), a sucker-punch in the 45th minute is a big blow.

You worry now that Villa could capitulate. Remi Garde will need every second of the next 15 minutes to work some magic.