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Tottenham Hotspur 3-0 Aston Villa

By Alistair MagowanBBC Sport
Fabian Delph and Gylfi Sigurdsson

Tottenham beat Manchester United to a place in next season's Europa League after an easy win over Aston Villa.

Paulinho cut through the heart of the Villa defence to shoot past Brad Guzan to put Spurs in early control.

Nathan Baker headed Danny Rose's cross past his own goalkeeper before Emmanuel Adebayor scored from the spot.

Spurs finished the season in sixth place, three points shy of their total last term, in what could be boss Tim Sherwood's last game in charge.

Despite finishing five points clear of Manchester United, uncertainty surrounds Sherwood's future as the club has been linked with several replacements for next season.

That search comes after Spurs failed to make the Champions League following huge investment last summer and a season where Sherwood appeared to occasionally fall out with his players.

Sherwood has likened his status to that of a "supply teacher", enhanced by claims from midfielder Sandro this week that his manager would depart in the summer.

Yet with the Brazilian player in the starting line-up, Spurs did not look like a side with a lack of respect for their manager, as Sherwood had stated, and the game was as good as over by half-time with all the goals coming before the break.

Tottenham head coach Tim Sherwood

The result did little to enhance the prospects of Villa manager Paul Lambert, who also faces uncertainty after another inconsistent season where his side finished 15th, five points above the drop zone.

Villa only secured their Premier League status with two games left and with American owner Randy Lerner set to make an announcement about his role in the club, both clubs could be set for a summer of upheaval.

It took 20 minutes before Villa threatened the hosts' goal and by that stage they could have been three goals behind.

Tim Sherwood invites a Spurs fan into the dugout
Tim Sherwood on inviting a Spurs fan into the dugout. "He is the proper manager, so it was his chance to have a go. It's only friendly banter."

Harry Kane had twice gone close before Paulinho opened the scoring after 14 minutes. The Brazilian, who unlike compatriot Sandro has been selected in his national team's World Cup squad, strode through the Villa defence and collected Gylfi Sigursson's pass before beating Guzan at a second attempt.

Shorn of the injured Christian Benteke, Villa lacked any purpose going forward and they went further behind when Baker headed into his own net.

It got worse before the interval. After a corner was cleared, Sandro's shot caught Gabriel Agbonlahor's arm and referee Jonathan Moss had no hesitation in pointing to the spot.

Adebayor dispatched his kick from 12 yards for his 14th goal of the season.

The second half was a damp squib in comparison but in a rare moment of action Fabian Delph fired wide after 57 minutes following Villa's best move of the match.

Sherwood and Sandro exchanged a friendly hug after the midfielder was substituted and there was a scare for American goalkeeper Guzan after a collision with Kane.

Whether Sherwood will be smiling when his future is discussed with chairman Daniel Levy remains to be seen.

Tottenham head coach Tim Sherwood:

"If it is to be my last game, life goes on. There were no tears shed out there on the lap of honour.

Villa staying up is incredible - Lambert

"This club means a lot to me but if I'm not to continue here as manager I'll be somewhere else.

"I've got a 59 per cent win ratio in the Premier League and I think if I had started the season in charge we'd be in the Champions League,"

Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert:

"[The negative reaction of fans] is never nice because the lads have given everything in their body to avoid relegation and get over the line.

"Supporters come a long, long way and pay good money to watch and try to see their team win. You've got to be big enough to take it.

"They're a young group of players as it is and it'll probably affect even the experienced ones."

Line-ups

Tottenham

  • 25Lloris
  • 16NaughtonBooked at 73mins
  • 3Rose
  • 30Guimarães CordeiroSubstituted forVeljkovicat 62'minutes
  • 20Dawson
  • 6Chiriches
  • 22G SigurdssonSubstituted forPritchardat 83'minutes
  • 8PaulinhoSubstituted forBentalebat 75'minutes
  • 37Kane
  • 10Adebayor
  • 23Eriksen

Substitutes

  • 9Soldado
  • 15Capoue
  • 24Friedel
  • 35Fryers
  • 39Pritchard
  • 42Bentaleb
  • 51Veljkovic

Aston Villa

  • 1Guzan
  • 34Lowton
  • 23Bertrand
  • 15Westwood
  • 4Vlaar
  • 2Baker
  • 7BacunaSubstituted forRobinsonat 83'minutes
  • 16Delph
  • 11Agbonlahor
  • 21BowerySubstituted forEl Ahmadiat 45'minutes
  • 10Weimann

Substitutes

  • 6Clark
  • 8El Ahmadi
  • 13Steer
  • 18Sylla
  • 29Holt
  • 37Robinson
  • 41Grealish
Referee:
Jonathan Moss
Attendance:
35,826

Match Stats

Home TeamTottenhamAway TeamAston Villa
Possession
Home55%
Away45%
Shots
Home12
Away4
Shots on Target
Home6
Away1
Corners
Home5
Away1
Fouls
Home11
Away11

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Tottenham Hotspur 3, Aston Villa 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Tottenham Hotspur 3, Aston Villa 0.

  3. Post update

    Foul by Christian Eriksen (Tottenham Hotspur).

  4. Post update

    Fabian Delph (Aston Villa) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  5. Substitution

    Substitution, Tottenham Hotspur. Alex Pritchard replaces Gylfi Sigurdsson.

  6. Substitution

    Substitution, Aston Villa. Callum Robinson replaces Leandro Bacuna.

  7. Post update

    Gylfi Sigurdsson (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Fabian Delph (Aston Villa).

  9. Post update

    Attempt saved. Fabian Delph (Aston Villa) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Andreas Weimann.

  10. Post update

    Offside, Tottenham Hotspur. Kyle Naughton tries a through ball, but Emmanuel Adebayor is caught offside.

  11. Post update

    Attempt missed. Nabil Bentaleb (Tottenham Hotspur) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Milos Veljkovic.

  12. Post update

    Emmanuel Adebayor (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Leandro Bacuna (Aston Villa).

  14. Substitution

    Substitution, Tottenham Hotspur. Nabil Bentaleb replaces Paulinho.

  15. Post update

    Offside, Tottenham Hotspur. Paulinho tries a through ball, but Emmanuel Adebayor is caught offside.

  16. Booking

    Kyle Naughton (Tottenham Hotspur) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Kyle Naughton (Tottenham Hotspur).

  18. Post update

    Andreas Weimann (Aston Villa) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  19. Post update

    Delay over. They are ready to continue.

  20. Post update

    Delay in match Brad Guzan (Aston Villa) because of an injury.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Man City382756102376586
2Liverpool382666101505184
3Chelsea38257671274482
4Arsenal38247768412779
5Everton38219861392272
6Tottenham38216115551469
7Man Utd381971264432164
8Southampton381511125446856
9Stoke381311144552-750
10Newcastle38154194359-1649
11Crystal Palace38136193348-1545
12Swansea38119185454042
13West Ham38117204051-1140
14Sunderland38108204160-1938
15Aston Villa38108203961-2238
16Hull38107213853-1537
17West Brom38715164359-1636
18Norwich3889212862-3433
19Fulham3895244085-4532
20Cardiff3879223274-4230
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