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Tom Rostance

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  1. The Eurobeat

    That's a wrap from the Premier League for the night - but there's more football to come.

    AC Milan and Marseille are in action - join the European live team right here on this page.

    Good evening, au revoir and arrivederci...

  2. Get involved

    606 phone-in

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Over on BBC Radio 5 live 606 is in full swing.

    Clive, a Manchester United fan, describes Chris Smalling's red card in the Manchester derby as "a stupid sending off".

    Keith, a Tottenham fan, says Harry Kane is "one of the best I've seen since Teddy Sheringham", and Erik Lamela "might even be better than Lionel Messi".

    Ian Wright and Kelly Cates are accepting your calls and you can have your say.

    CALL: 0500 909 693

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  3. Post update

    All change for Sunderland?

    Sunderland have shipped some goals in the last few weeks and are contemplating big changes at Palace tomorrow night.

    Full-back Anthony Reveillere could make his first appearance since joining as a free agent, while Costel Pantilimon may replace Vito Mannone in goal. Full coverage of that one right here on Monday evening of course.

  4. Post update

    Man City 1-0 Man Utd

    Former Manchester City winger Trevor Sinclair, speaking to BBC World Service: "United were asking a lot of questions at the end and with 10 men on the field I thought that was a fantastic performance.

    "The second booking Chris Smalling received was one where he thought he had to go to ground to try and win the challenge. I can sometime appreciate that defenders need to do that. The stupidity comes from the first booking and I think he will regret that, he will regret letting the team down.

    "It was a very important win for City, they need to hang on to the tails of Chelsea. They have not had a bad patch. City have not played particularly well but are still only six points behind Chelsea. If City have a purple patch and Chelsea have a poor run, that could be when we see the title race pick up."

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    Mark: Who is Mauricio Pochettino trying to fool? (see 18:18) The only players to show character were the two academy players. Millions wasted on players that have no desire and passion. Harry Redknapp's team completely dismantled and the pride with it.

    Oliver, London: Kevin should get a grip (see 18:25). When Daniel Levy took over Spurs were a mid-table side. Every season he gives more money for transfers than most Premier League teams. Also getting new stadium in the next few years. Harry Redknapp went because he continually touted himself for the England job during the season.

    George, Sussex: Re: Matt in London and Danny Rose and Kyle Naughton being the worst right-back and left-back in the Premier League (see 74 mins). I think a few Liverpool fans would argue that the Glen Johnson and Jose Enrique axis push them close!

  6. Smalling sending off

    Man City 1-0 Man Utd

    Former Manchester United assistant manager Mike Phelan on BBC World Service: "Louis van Gaal is not far wrong with his use of the word stupid with regards to Chris Smalling's sending off.

    "The first yellow was silly to get and then in the second instance it was a crazy decision. He takes him out of the game and there is nothing the referee he could do.

    "On derby day it is all about who wants it the most. At one stage the game seemed to be totally even and no-one really wanted to step out of the comfort zone and go for the win. City got the goal and the expectation was for them to really go on and seal the win, but it never really happened and frustration set in among the home fans and that encouraged United. They could have come away with a draw."

  7. Weekend wrap

    City take derby honours

    And in the big game of the weekend, Manchester City beat United 1-0 to take the Manchester derby honours.

    Sergio Aguero's crisp strike proved the difference after Chris Smalling was sent-off for two silly bookings...

    Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero celebrates
  8. Weekend wrap

    Arsenal striker Alexis Sanchez scored twice as the Gunners picked up a 3-0 win over strugglers Burnley - and he was again singled out for praise by boss Arsene Wenger.

    "It was a top performance from Alexis Sanchez," he said.

    "His quality is exceptional, he takes responsibility and goes at people. He fights, he can score, that is what you want from great players."

  9. Post update

    BBC Radio 5 live 606 phone-in

    Ian Wright on 606 talking about Jose Mourinho's comments about Stamford Bridge being too quiet: "The people who are going want to sit down and relax and chill. Watching a football match is different now to how it was back in the day. A lot of people go to see a great stadium and have a great day out and not shout. That is what it is turning into now."

    Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho at Stamford Bridge
  10. Weekend wrap

    Liverpool were poor again as they lost 1-0 at Newcastle.

    Boss Brendan Rodgers wants Steven Gerrard to remain at Liverpool after his captain revealed he could leave in the summer having not been offered a new deal.

    The 34-year-old, who is a one-club man, said this week that he would not be retiring just yet and could continue his playing career away from Anfield.

    "I explained to Steven's representative that I want him to be part of what we're doing here," the Reds boss said.

    "He's been a brilliant captain for me. I want to keep him here."

    Rodgers added: "I relayed that information to the owners."

  11. Weekend wrap

    Surprise package Southampton remain in second place after Victor Wanyama's 45-yarder gave them victory at Hull.

    Boss Roanld Koeman laughed off suggestions his side can win the league but he's on for a run at Europe.

    "Maybe to play in Europe, you never know. Everybody knows we have to work hard every day and they players are incredible in the way they are acting together. If we keep like this, it can be a fantastic season."

    Victor Wanyama scores for Southampton against Hull
  12. Player reaction

    Aston Villa 1-2 Tottenham

    Aston Villa goalscorer Andreas Weimann: "I thought we played them off the park in the first half but conceded two set pieces at the end. It was nice to score but it didn't mean anything because we lost. We need to turn the run around quickly.

    "It is very frustrating. We produced one of the best performances of the season but conceded two silly set pieces."

    Aston Villa's Andreas Weimann
  13. Where are we?

    So after another Premier League weekend - and with the delights of Palace v Sunderland to come on Monday night - what's the story in the top flight?

    Chelsea are four points clear at the top of the table after they scraped to a 2-1 win at home to QPR. But manager Jose Mourinho was not happy - with his players, or his fans.

    "At this moment it's difficult to play at home because playing here is like playing in an empty stadium," he said.

    "When we scored was when I realised 'woah, the stadium is full. Good'."

  14. Post update

    Aston Villa 1-2 Tottenham

    Aston Villa's goal will make for some difficult watching back by the Spurs defenders. It came from a Spurs goal-kick! Hugo Lloris's kick was headed up the park by Nathan Baker, Danny Rose miscontrolled the ball at left-back and Charles N'Zogbia was away to cross for Andreas Weimann to finish.

    Horrible. And very preventable.

  15. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Aston Villa 1-2 Tottenham

    Matt Flecknoe: Surely the only thing to say is why Harry Kane is not starting in the Premier League? He is clearly Spurs' best striker by a mile!

    Daniel Tinsley: If Spurs can be above Everton and Man Utd by playing awful, I very much look forward to when Mauricio Pochettino gets us playing well!

  16. Text us on 81111

    Aston Villa 1-2 Tottenham

    Kevin, Hornchurch: Result changes nothing. Spurs very poor. So let's review Daniel Levy's last three years. Harry Redknapp gets us to the last eight in the Champions League and fourth in Premier League only for Chelsea to deny us having won it. So Levy sets about dismantling the entire football fabric of Spurs. Three managers later and bordering on bottom three surely if he had any decency he would just go tomorrow. Position untenable 100% now. Just go please.

    Coco, London: Credit to Mauricio Pochettino for his inspired substitutions. It was brave to take off Christian Eriksen at half-time but it paid off.

  17. Manager reaction

    Aston Villa 1-2 Tottenham

    Christian Benteke

    Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert, speaking to BBC Sport: "I thought we were excellent thought the game. Ok we lost but the red card changed the game. There were so many positives today but one disappointment.

    "We were up against a good side but I thought we looked like the team likely to score but the way things are going sometimes, things go against you. Performance wise I could not have asked for more.

    "Christian Benteke was showing great form, Tottenham could not handle him and it is disappointing with the red card. You cannot condone what he did but it is not like he threw a Mike Tyson punch. My daughter can punch harder than that."

  18. Post update

    Aston Villa 1-2 Tottenham

    Christian Benteke will have to learn not to react, says Paul Lambert, after his red card.

    Benteke will now likely be missing until Villa face Crystal Palace on Tuesday, 2 December.

  19. Manager reaction

    Aston Villa 1-2 Tottenham

    Mauricio Pochettino told Sky Sports: "You always need all the players. When you play a game you analyse the possibility of putting players on the pitch to make an impact. Today Andros (Townsend), Erik (Lamela) and Harry (Kane) made a big impact."

  20. Player reaction on Twitter

    Man City 1-0 Man Utd

    Manchester City forward Edin Dzeko: "Manchester is BLUE! But we knew that even before this game, didn't we?! Another great derby win."

    Manchester City forward Sergio Aguero: "Very, very happy. We did everything we could to win and we did it. We must keep believing. Never give up! C'mon, City!"

    Aguero's second-half strike earned Manchester City derby victory over Manchester United at Etihad Stadium earlier this afternoon.

  21. Manager reaction

    Aston Villa 1-2 Tottenham

    Mauricio Pochettino

    Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino, speaking to Sky Sports: "We deserved the victory. The team worked hard and showed their character. In the end, the points are the most important thing.

    "No [it is not a relief]. If you have a good result, you are a great manager if you lose you are a bad manager. We have our idea, our philosophy and we need time but it was important to get this result today.

    On Harry Kane: "He is an important player. We have a lot of very good players. It is true the performance like in the last game and today, he maybe deserves to play in the Premier League more. It was a great goal, and a happy goal for him and the team."

  22. Post update

    Aston Villa 1-2 Tottenham

    Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert says he cannot condone Christian Benteke's actions as he was sent off but criticises Tottenham's Ryan Mason for his part in the red card.

    "You can't raise your hands" is very much the order of the day.

    Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert
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    Aston Villa 1-2 Tottenham

    Gary Lineker

    BBC Sport

    "Kane is able. Tottenham turn things around. Spurs once again showing the resilience, tenacity and never say die attitude they are so renowned for."

  24. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Terry Lambert: Spurs mugged both West Ham and Aston Villa. Due a third claret and blue mugging at Burnley (on 20 December). Spurs fans will now say Champions League is go.

    Jonathan Warren: You can't blame Paul Lambert for latest shambles. Christian Benteke let us down (see 64 mins). Petulance just as he was getting back to fitness.

  25. Post update

    Aston Villa 1-2 Tottenham

    Interestingly, Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino doesn't understand the word 'relief' - he certainly should do after that turnaround.

    Full reaction to come from both camps.

  26. Player reaction

    Aston Villa 1-2 Tottenham

    Harry Kane

    Harry Kane told Sky Sports: "It was one of my best moments in a Spurs shirt so far. To be 1-0 down in an important game we needed to win, to pull it back is a moment I won't forget. It's all smiles in the dressing room now.

    "We needed a bit more urgency and needed to make something happen. We needed to make some tackles. One of their players reacted and got sent off and we were able to take advantage."

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    Paul, London: Very disappointed with Spurs today. A serious lack of quality and, even more worryingly, minimal urgency. They look like this is the end of a long season. We need to give more of our youngsters a chance. They are the only ones with any drive! Lucky to come away with anything.

    Jon, Eastleigh: A win is a good result but it doesn't change the fact that we've played so poorly and it's becoming a bit of a habit. Mauricio Pochettino needs time but he also needs results. Goals from a terribly defended corner and a deflected free-kick does not a good performance make.

  28. Post update

    Aston Villa 1-2 Tottenham

    That late Harry Kane winner has lifted Spurs into eighth place, above Everton and Manchester United. They are now only three points behind rivals Arsenal.

    Villa, on the other hand, are two points clear of the relegation zone.

  29. Post update

    Aston Villa 1-2 Tottenham

    Harry Kane is understandably very happy with his first Premier League goal of the season and reveals that he had to fight Erik Lamela for the free-kick which brought the winner.

  30. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    VB: Erik Lamela and Harry Kane should have started, but we at least made the changes with enough time left to recover. Gutsy second half.

    Paul Mulligan: At last some luck and three points for Spurs. Kane must have played his way into the starting XI for next week.

    Jason Ferdinando: KANE! Love that player. Gave us the most undeserved victory ever. Learned all he knows at Orient.

  31. Post update

    Aston Villa 1-2 Tottenham

    Villa Park has emptied very fast. Away into the Birmingham night, the home fans will be wondering how on earth they ended up losing that game. Christian Benteke - who was the last Villa player to get sent-off before today as well -will now miss the next three games. His season just can't get going.

  32. Post update

    Aston Villa 1-2 Tottenham

    Former Republic of Ireland international Kevin Kilbane

    BBC Radio 5 live at Villa Park

    "That is a huge win for Spurs. With six minutes to go they didn't look like they would get anything out of the game at all. Even when under pressure they didn't concede the second goal, but overall the match was changed by the red card for Christian Benteke. That has the potential to really adversely affect Villa's season."

  33. Post update

    Aston Villa 1-2 Tottenham

    Harry Kane

    BBC Radio 5 live 606 phone-in

    Lines are now open for tonight's 606.

    BBC 606

    Manchester United fans, you've got fewer points than this time last season, but are things starting to go in the right direction? How much do you blame Chris Smalling for today's defeat?

    And Manchester City fans - you got the win, but it was a nervy ending - why?

    Tottenham fans, Ian Wright wants to know why you're blaming Daniel Levy for the club's problems - and Aston Villa fans, you've scored, give us a call and tell us how confident you were that a goal would finally come.

    Call 0500 909 693, text 85058 or @bbc606 on social media…

  35. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Matt Cartwright: Deflected and in but who cares? Harry Kane can do no wrong at the moment.

    Sanj: Spurs have stolen this but hey, guess Villa have themselves to blame or just Christian Benteke.

    Aashish: Cue the mirage of Champions League football for Spurs...


    Aston Villa 1-2 Tottenham

    Harry Kane is the hero, Christian Benteke will be cast in the role of villain. How about referee Neil Swarbrick? The post-match quotes from Paul Lambert could be lively.

    Harry Kane celebrates
  37. Post update

    Aston Villa 1-2 Tottenham

    Into the last minute of time added on. Villa have a free-kick which Younes Kaboul clears away...


    Aston Villa 1-2 Tottenham

    Darren Bent - remember him? - is on for Aston Villa for the remaining four minutes of added time.


    Aston Villa 1-2 Tottenham

    SIX MINUTES added on, and the Spurs fans who have been so angry all game are now dancing in delight down the sideline.

    "He's one of our own!" they chant about Harry Kane. It's one Premier League goal, but could Harry Kane be a big player for Tottenham?

  40. Post update

    Aston Villa 1-2 Tottenham

    Former Republic of Ireland international Kevin Kilbane

    BBC Radio 5 live at Villa Park

    "He fancied it, Harry Kane, he got the ball immediately after the free-kick was awarded. There was a deflection off Nathan Baker as he jumped and Brad Guzan could do nothing about it. Kane has made a huge impression since he has come on."

  41. GOAL

    Aston Villa 1-2 Tottenham - Harry Kane

    That's why they wanted him in the team! Harry Kane has won it, but his first Premier League goal of the season is served up with a huge slice of luck! Kane approaches the free-kick like Cristiano Ronaldo, chest on, goes for the dipper, and it flicks the head of Nathan Baker before wrong-footing Brad Guzan and dropping into the opposite corner.

    Harry Kane gives Tottenham the lead
  42. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Nell: Spurs fans moaned in the equaliser, let's see if they can moan in a late winner!


    Aston Villa 1-1 Tottenham

    Andreas Weimann, breaker of the goal drought, is off for Villa as Kieran Richardson gets a run-out. Andros Townsend wins another corner for Spurs, the defending is shoddy again but Ryan Mason scuffs his 15-yard strike. Villa can't clear it and win a free-kick on the edge of the box...

  44. Post update

    Aston Villa 1-1 Tottenham

    Former Republic of Ireland international Kevin Kilbane

    BBC Radio 5 live at Villa Park

    "Nacer Chadli was free round the far side - he recognised the space was there and finished it well when it came to him. It's a very disappointing goal to concede from an Aston Villa point of view. But the momentum has been with Spurs since the sending off and they could go on to win it."

  45. CLOSE!

    Aston Villa 1-1 Tottenham

    Instead it's Villa who go close o the third goal! Gaby Agbonlahor leads the counter-attack, he picks out Aly Cissokho on the edge of the D and the former Liverpool left-back cannons a shot just wide. Suddenly it's all getting exciting...

    Aly Cissokho
  46. GOAL

    Aston Villa 1-1 Tottenham - Nacer Chadli

    A really poor goal to concede, and Spurs are level! Their extra man finally counts. Younes Kaboul and Jan Vertonghen challenge for a corner, they don't make contact but Nacer Chadli comes in behind them and steers home a volley from six yards out.

    Can they go on and win it now?

    Nacer Chadli equalises for Tottenham
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    Nigel: The very minimum supporters want from their team is passion, hard work, motivation, belief and respect for the shirt. This Spurs team have none of these and they should be ashamed. Sean says it's a transition year for Spurs (see 74 mins) - it's been a transition year for the last 30!

  48. Post update

    Aston Villa 1-0 Tottenham

    Eight minutes of normal time, though it will feel like more for those watching. A real lack of quality on display at Villa Park.

    Villa Park
  49. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Sam Willlson: Carlos Sanchez looks a real good buy for Villa, dominated at Loftus Road on Monday and looking sharp today too.

    Paul Moore: With Harry Kane on the pitch, and 11 men against 10, Spurs still look hopeless in attack ... and defence.


    Aston Villa 1-0 Tottenham

    The Villa fans are baying for blood as Nacer Chadli slides in late on Ashley Westwood. It's untidy rather than malicious but Chadli is booked for the foul. Villa killing the clock. Into the last 10.

  51. Post update

    Aston Villa 1-0 Tottenham

    Former Republic of Ireland international Kevin Kilbane

    BBC Radio 5 live at Villa Park

    "Aston Villa are dropping off now, they have got two banks of four with Gabriel Agbonlahor playing on his own up front. But they are not going to be too quick to get forward, they will just sit in and make it difficult for Spurs to dislodge them. Spurs have to just try and play those incisive passes around the box to find a way through."

  52. Post update

    Aston Villa 1-0 Tottenham

    Tottenham looking threatening since Villa went down to 10 men but they haven't created anything of note. Erik Lamela wants the ball and is a willing runner at the back four but Brad Guzan remains untroubled.


    Aston Villa 1-0 Tottenham

    Gabriel Agbonlahor is on, a 16-minute tester for any defence when he gets up and running. Fast as a very fast thing, he replaces Charles N'Zogbia.

  54. Text us on 81111

    Siobhan, Teddington: I'm all for giving managers time but Ronald Koeman has had to pick up the pieces at Southampton and has got them motivated and second in the table. Spurs need to work hard and care about what they're doing.

    Matt, North London: This is the worst Spurs team I have seen in decades. Danny Rose and Kyle Naughton must be candidates for the worst left and right-back in the Premier League. They should've replaced them and bought a striker in the summer. But no. Levy out!

    Sean: Everyone says that Daniel Levy needs to give managers time but how can he when we have clueless Tottenham fans ridiculing every decision the manager makes? Get behind the manager and we'll build something. Was always going to be a year of transition.

  55. Post update

    Aston Villa 1-0 Tottenham

    Erik Lamela takes the free-kick from Spurs, 20 yards out, but he can't keep it down and on target. If it's not a 'rabona' it's no good for Lamela.


    Aston Villa 1-0 Tottenham

    Harry Kane is scissored by Carlos Sanchez. The teams have had a collective 'heads gone' moment. Etienne Capoue is replaced by Andros Townsend as Spurs go for it.

    Harry Kane is challenged by Carlos Sanchez
  57. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    David McNaught: Is it silly red card day?

    Gareth Whalley: I have to say that it was soft. It was the rest of the players who got Christian Benteke sent off, particularly Erik Lamela and the handbags.

    Jay: This is really disappointing. I expected more drama and entertainment from Roy Keane following those handbags.


    Aston Villa 1-0 Tottenham

    Retribution from Andreas Weimann, who volleys Ryan Mason in the thighs near the touchline. A really poor tackle, and Weimann is booked for his troubles. May be more red cards on the agenda tonight yet...

  59. Post update

    Aston Villa 1-0 Tottenham

    Former Republic of Ireland international Kevin Kilbane

    BBC Radio 5 live at Villa Park

    "Christian Benteke raised his arm, and the referee was right on it. Benteke was frustrated with the challenge from Ryan Mason but he didn't need to react. Poor from him. Everything that has been good about Villa has come through Benteke, and now he will get a three-match ban as well. It was more of a push in the face, but the fourth official was three yards away from it."

    Christian Benteke is sent off
  60. Post update

    Aston Villa 1-0 Tottenham

    Paul Lambert is not a happy man on the sidelines, the Villa bench are furious about that red card. That's a three-game ban on the cards too for Christian Benteke - who had been the best player on the pitch prior to that.

    Paul Lambert
  61. RED CARD

    Aston Villa 1-0 Tottenham - Christian Benteke

    Referee Neil Swarbrick reaches into the back pocket - it's a red card for Christian Benteke!

    He goes off to a standing ovation. A replay shows that in the scuffle following a challenge with Ryan Mason, Mason put his head into Benteke's face and the Belgian swatted it away with a mild slap.

    Neither the Mason headbutt or the Benteke slap were forceful, but you can't raise your hands...

    Christian Benteke sent off
  62. Post update

    Aston Villa 1-0 Tottenham

    Ryan Mason and Erik Lamela fly into a tackle - it's all kicked off! Lamela is waving an imaginary card...

    Erik Lamela
  63. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Daniel Woodley: Harry Kane has done more in 20 seconds than Emmanuel Adebayor did in 57 minutes.


    Aston Villa 1-0 Tottenham

    Bit of a crowd scene and plenty of scuffling after Jan Vertonghen goes in two-footed, he does win the ball but is still booked for his troubles. For a minute there I thought referee Neil Swarbrick was considering a red.

    Jan Vertonghen
  65. Post update

    Aston Villa 1-0 Tottenham

    Former Republic of Ireland international Kevin Kilbane

    BBC Radio 5 live at Villa Park

    "Harry Kane's made an immediate impact hasn't he? A good run down the right-hand side but he couldn't find a team-mate. The Spurs players do appear to have been lifted already though. Kane's been playing well this year, especially in Europe, and it looks as though he will play just off Roberto Soldado. I would imagine he will provide more of an attacking threat than Emmanuel Adebyaor certainly."

  66. CLOSE!

    Aston Villa 1-0 Tottenham

    This is why the Spurs fans wanted Harry Kane on so much! He wins a corner, then thumps in a header into Brad Guzan's chest. More impact in 60 seconds than Emmanuel Adebayor managed in 60 minutes.


    Aston Villa 1-0 Tottenham

    Here he is! Harry Kane is on, in place of Emmanuel Adebayor. He's a cup specialist - he's never scored in the Premier League. A big unit though, he wins a corner instantly with some direct running.

  68. Post update

    Aston Villa 1-0 Tottenham

    Loud booing from the away end and the strains of "We want our Tottenham back."

    It's pretty desperate stuff from Spurs to be honest. Villa don't look too much better but they are 1-0 up and can play on the counter now.

  69. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Aston Villa 1-0 Tottenham

    James Aylott: Mauricio Pochetino is losing it! Need goals and needs to try Harry Kane. He has scored Premier League goals when given the chance. It's like Christian Gross all over again.

    Mat Atahari: It all started when spurs sacked Andre Villas-Boas. Should have tried to keep him and given him time. As they say, you'll never know.

    Villas-Boas's Zenit St Petersburg went seven points clear at the top of the Russian Premier League with a 1-0 win away to second-placed CSKA Moscow on Saturday.

  70. CLOSE!

    Aston Villa 1-0 Tottenham

    Almost a gimme for Spurs! Brad Guzan makes a rare error, dropping Nacer Chadli's low cross at the feet of Emmanuel Adebayor, who is sliding in and can't convert it at the second attempt.

    Do Spurs need to go more direct? The name of Harry Kane continues to ring out from the travelling fans.

    Emmanuel Adebayor
  71. Post update

    Aston Villa 1-0 Tottenham

    Nice feet again from the goalscorer Andreas Weimann as he turns inside two men and tries to find Christian Benteke with a clever chip - good defending this time from Younes Kaboul though to head it away.

    Younes Kaboul
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    Rory: Bad call by Mauricio Pochettino. Take off the only player who has some guile and can see a pass and leave on Nacer Chadli.

    Mauricio Pochettino
  73. Post update

    Aston Villa 1-0 Tottenham

    Nacer Chadli's Premier League career in a nutshell - one bright touch to open up space, one poor touch to close it down again. He does win a corner but Villa defend it comfortably.

  74. Post update

    Aston Villa 1-0 Tottenham

    Former Republic of Ireland international Kevin Kilbane

    BBC Radio 5 live at Villa Park

    "Christian Eriksen wasn't really involved too much in that first half but you know he is the type of player who can make something happen, so him coming off is something of a surprise. Tottenham created enough openings in the first half but didn't really test Brad Guzan enough. They did look threatening at times but could never find the final ball to threaten the Villa defence."

  75. KICK-OFF

    Aston Villa 1-0 Tottenham

    Back in play at Villa Park.


    Aston Villa 1-0 Tottenham

    Erik Lamela is indeed on in place of Christian Eriksen at the break. Can he lift Spurs?

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    Tom, London: I remember when Harry Redknapp came in at Spurs, he straight away signed Wilson Palacios and later Scott Parker to toughen us up. This current team reminds of the Juande Ramos era. Good players but completely spineless. Mauricio Pochettino needs time to run amok through this squad and get rid of the deadwood/weak players who don't care about playing for us.

    Nick, Kent: As a Spurs fan I honestly believe all our problems can be traced back to Daniel Levy. He has a revolving door of managers, sells the best players and buys no one to replace them.

    Darren, Plymouth: Well well, Daniel Levy and Joe Lewis have a lot to be held accountable for regarding this current crop of players. Continually selling your best players and making a profit does not equal success on the pitch. Hugo Lloris will be gone next. So frustrating when we were in the Champions League three seasons ago.

  78. Post update

    Aston Villa 1-0 Tottenham

    Erik Lamela was going through a diligent half-time warm-up routine. Is the Argentine trickster coming on at the break?

  79. Post update

    Aston Villa 1-0 Tottenham

    Harry Redknapp's Spurs weren't perfect - but the days of Gareth Bale and Aaron Lennon racing down the flanks, Luka Modric pulling the strings, Rafael van der Vaart etc seem a long way away now...

  80. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Aston Villa 1-0 Tottenham

    Paul Moore: Spurs need Moussa Dembele in midfield, Harry Kane up front with Emmanuel Adebayor and Roberto Soldado... and ol' Harry in the hot seat!

    Stavros Makrozachopo: One of the biggest footballing crimes? Dismantling Harry Redknapp's Tottenham piece by piece.

    Mark Lynch: For all the talk of Harry Kane, he won't do anything to solve the massive problem we have at the back - showed by Youne Kaboul's "performance".

  81. Post update

    Aston Villa 1-0 Tottenham

    Andreas Weimann
  82. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Aston Villa 1-0 Tottenham

    Gary Lineker

    BBC Sport

    "To score goals you have to gamble with your movement and possess a real desire. I suspect Harry Kane has such attributes. It'd be good to find out."

  83. Keane on Kane?

    Aston Villa 1-0 Tottenham

    Asked whether there is more pressure to play Harry Kane earlier this week, Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino said: "Always. He is English, he is young and from the Tottenham academy so it is normal."

    The Argentine coach added: "If we were in Argentina, he was an Argentine player and playing with two foreign strikers, it would always be a sensitive situation.

    "We understand he is a special player for Tottenham and for our supporters.

    "My decision (on team selection) is always about my analysis on the training and after to give the balance to the team and our performance."

  84. Post update

    Aston Villa 1-0 Tottenham

    Former Republic of Ireland international Kevin Kilbane

    BBC Radio 5 live at Villa Park

    "Aston Villa will be delighted by that first half. Christian Benteke is the difference between the two teams, I cannot speak highly enough of what has been a top quality centre-forward performance from him.

    "Spurs have created chances, Emmanuel Adebayor had that one-on-one but was denied by Brad Guzan (see 27 mins), and have shown enough to suggest they can get themselves back into this game."

  85. Post update

    Aston Villa 1-0 Tottenham

    A lot of fans on social media are calling for Harry Kane to come on up front for Tottenham. He can't do any harm up there - though his stock may never be this high again...


    Aston Villa 1-0 Tottenham

    MOTD's Martin Fisher at Villa Park

    "So far, so good for Aston Villa. Their first job was to end the goal drought, and they've done that. They more than deserve their advantage. Christian Benteke has been terrific in the first half. Spurs need to improve big time."


    Aston Villa 1-0 Tottenham

    Not the best game - by a long chalk - but Aston Villa and their fans won't care. They have scored, and they lead.

    Brad Guzan
  88. Post update

    Aston Villa 1-0 Tottenham

    Former Republic of Ireland international Kevin Kilbane

    BBC Radio 5 live at Villa Park

    "How many times have I said it this half? A brilliant header from Christian Benteke, he is so unlucky not to find the target (see 43 mins). He has been brilliant. It was always going to take him a few games to get himself right, but judging by today's performance Villa are possibly too reliant on him. Everything good about Villa is going through Benteke. He is the one setting up every Villa attack."

  89. CLOSE!

    Aston Villa 1-0 Tottenham

    Almost two! Christian Benteke is getting back to his unplayable best and flicks the outside of the post with a looping header. He is strong as an ox.

    Christian Benteke
  90. Post update

    Aston Villa 1-0 Tottenham

    Kyle Naughton is the latest player to bring Mauricio Pochettino to his feet. His crime? A woeful cross in from the right. He had time, he had space. And put it in the Holte End.

  91. Text us on 81111

    Mark, Nottingham: Not enough characters available here to describe how frustrated I am with this awful Spurs. So will stick with one word to summarise: 'Kaboul.'

  92. Post update

    Aston Villa 1-0 Tottenham

    What's the opposite of 'a great advert for the Premier League'? This could be it. Spurs have a free-kick in a dangerous area, they take an age getting everyone forwards and in the right positions and then make a total hash of it. I can understand the frustrations of you Spurs fans who are in touch with us today.

    They are a frustrating side to watch.

    Emmanuel Adebayor
  93. Player reaction

    Man City 1-0 Man Utd

    Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney, speaking to Sky Sports: "Our pace caused them problems and they were panicking towards the end. We just could not get the equaliser."

    On penalty appeals: "I don't think mine was a penalty. I tried to cut the ball back for Angel Di Maria, but I don't think it was a penalty. I can't comment on the others because I could not get a clear view.

    "We have to focus on ourselves. You can see every week we are getting better. We are not far away from being back up there and being a very good side. We came here for a result and leave with no points so we are disappointed."

    Wayne Rooney
  94. Text us on 81111

    Aston Villa 1-0 Tottenham

    Jon, Eastleigh: Mauricio Pochettino's thinking: 'I know, I'll switch to a 4-4-2, that way we'll have even less protection for our laughable back four while managing to play TWO strikers who can't score. That'll stop this disastrous season.

    James, Norfolk: Younes Kaboul is a joke of a player. How does he keep getting games in the Premier League? As an Arsenal fan I hope Spurs stick with him well into his forties.

    Maggie, Lowestoft: I despair with Spurs. There is no spine, no backbone. Where is the spirit and energy? We are like a limp lettuce leaf. Week after week and I'm sick of it.

  95. Post update

    Aston Villa 1-0 Tottenham

    Aston Villa are growing in confidence now, peppering the Spurs box with early crosses, one of which is hooked over the bar by Andreas Weimann.

    The Austrian has been involved in 80% of Villa's Premier League goals this term. A stat that sounds very impressive until you hear that he has scored three and set up one.

    Andreas Weimann
  96. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

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    Bob: Once again Roberto Soldado threatens a satellite! Oh and Emmanuel Adabayor misses a sitter (see 27 mins).

    Akarim: If Adebayor was on loan he would have scored that.

    Mark: Cristiano Ronaldo 20 Villa 1 (see 15:57). But how many would Ronaldo have if he played Spurs?

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    Christian Benteke gets in the way of Tom Cleverley, inadvertently clearing a cross away. Matt Lowton then steers an effort back across goal and away after a deep cross in.

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    Former Republic of Ireland international Kevin Kilbane

    BBC Radio 5 live at Villa Park

    "That chance for Emmanuel Adebayor (see 27 mins) came from nothing - from a kick-out by Brad Guzan. Adebayor should have scored, Matt Lowton was keeping him onside and that was a big, big chance. I've not been Guzan's biggest fan but that was a really good save from him."

  99. Post update

    Aston Villa 1-0 Tottenham

    "Harry, Harry Kane!" is again audible from the away fans. Mauricio Pochettino, normally a very sedate figure, threw his water bottle to the ground in disgust when Emmanuel Adebayor failed to score there.

  100. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Aston Villa 1-0 Tottenham

    Krishan Goyal: For the first time I'm losing faith in Mauricio Pochettino. Drops our best player Erik Lamela and repeatedly ignores the consistent one, Harry Kane.

    Luke Moody: I cannot force myself to believe Etienne Capoue was being sold as 'the next Patrick Vieira.' The guy can't track for love nor money.

    Paul Charles: If the rumours are true, I expect Hugo Lloris can't wait to get over to Spain and play with defenders that actually pay attention.

  101. GREAT SAVE!

    Aston Villa 1-0 Tottenham

    A few Tottenham fans start singing Harry Kane's name after Roberto Soldado shoots horribly over - and then the third striker in the Tottenham mixer has the chance of the game. Slid through, onside, Emmanuel Adebayor is one on one with Brad Guzan but his tentative shot is well turned away.

    Good save, but a very tame finish.

    Roberto Soldado
  102. Player reaction

    Man City 1-0 Man Utd

    Pablo Zabaleta told BBC Sport: "When you play in these kind of games it's always difficult but I think we deserved that win.

    "We know how much it means for the fans, for everyone at the club and especially for the players.

    "In the last three games we have not performed well enough. Today was a huge game to win to get confidence back and because we can't drop any more points on Chelsea.

    "That's the game everybody wants to win but we need to keep our feet on the ground and I think we can still improve.

    "Now we have to think about the Champions League on Wednesday and another massive game for us and we need another great win."


    Aston Villa 1-0 Tottenham

    Christian Eriksen goes into the book, for a very cynical challenge on Charles N'Zogbia - who's looking sprightly after his gap year last season. No idea how he spent his year away - backpacking in Peru? Picking fruit on a kibbutz? Hopefully he found himself...

  104. Post update

    Aston Villa 1-0 Tottenham

    Tottenham are pushing for a leveller, with Younes Kaboul causing a nuisance from a deep free-kick, he reacts well to bring down Nacer Chadli's dink but can't find the required power to beat Brad Guzan at his near post.

    Younes Kaboul
  105. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Ash Green: Do not adjust your sets, Aston Villa have scored a goal!

    Rory: Etienne Capoue loses his man as he has done dozen of times before. I can't be the only Spurs fan wishing Sandro back!

    Vinny Person: Keep playing a misfiring Roberto Soldado and it'll cost us points. We need a striker who can finish not just make the odd nice touch.

  106. Post update

    Aston Villa 1-0 Tottenham

    Villa's goal drought was finally ended at 547 minutes of football in the Premier League. To put that into context, the entire Lord of the Rings film trilogy clocks in at 558 minutes...

    Aston Villa fans celebrate
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    Former Republic of Ireland international Kevin Kilbane

    BBC Radio 5 live at Villa Park

    "Tottenham have looked shell-shocked in the last five minutes. Charles N'Zogbia broke free down the right and he actually plays it into Christian Benteke but Andreas Weimann, who made up about 30 yards of ground, slides in to provide a great finish. Younes Kaboul did not step towards the ball and Weimann made something of it."

  108. Post update

    Aston Villa 1-0 Tottenham

    It had been such an open start to the game that the goal was coming. What a relief at Villa Park for the home fans, who burst into song:"We're Aston Villa, we'll score when we want!"

  109. GOAL

    Aston Villa 1-0 Tottenham - Andreas Weimann

    There it is! Two months of waiting comes to an end as Aston Villa finally score! It's a good goal too, Charles N'Zogbia beating his man on the right, looking up and picking out Andreas Weimann in the middle, he's on the stretch but toes it into the bottom corner.

    Nine hours and seven minutes of waiting comes to an end...

    Andreas Weimann gives Aston Villa the lead

    Aston Villa 0-0 Tottenham

    The drought is almost over! There are definitely black clouds on the horizon anyway, moisture in the air, the threat of thunder. Chance of precipitation...

    Christian Benteke is the man making it all happen, he pulls away to meet a cross from the left and cannons a left-footer against the outside of the post from 15 yards out. Unlucky...

  111. Post update

    Aston Villa 0-0 Tottenham

    Former Republic of Ireland international Kevin Kilbane

    BBC Radio 5 live at Villa Park

    "A fully fit Christian Benteke could really hurt Younes Kaboul today. Kaboul is the real weak link in Spurs' defence. Benteke has looked sharper, there are signs his fitness levels are improving but he should at least hit the target with that header.

    "Spurs have struggled away from home, while Villa's recent form has been dreadful, so something has to give today. Tottenham appear to have started the brighter of the two.

    "The atmosphere here at Villa Park used to be excellent but today you don't feel that as much, and there are quite a few empty seats."

  112. CLOSE!

    Aston Villa 0-0 Tottenham

    How has that stayed out? Ryan Mason starts it for Spurs, Emmanuel Adebayor tees up Christian Eriksen, his scuffed shot hits Nacer Chadli on the back to pop up in the air and Roberto Soldado has a free header- wide from four yards! Great chance.

    Nacer Chadli
  113. MOTD 2 vote

    Voting is now open for the Match of the Day 2 October Goal of the Month competition and there are strikes from Adam Lallana, Enner Valencia, Cesc Fabregas, Stephane Sessegnon, Marouane Fellaini, David Silva and Samuel Eto'o to choose from.

    You can see the goals (UK only) on Match of the Day 2 on BBC Two at the slightly earlier time of 22:00 GMT and the result will be announced in tonight's programme.

    If you want to vote click here.

  114. CLOSE!

    Aston Villa 0-0 Tottenham

    Ten minutes in and it's clear to see there is a confidence vacuum in this Aston Villa side. They are slow to react to everything, no aggression or desire to hunt down Tottenham in possession.

    Having said that - that's a very good chance! Matt Lowton whips in an early cross, Christian Benteke gets free of his marker to meet it with a flying header - but it's two feet wide of the far post. Good effort.

  115. Post update

    Aston Villa 0-0 Tottenham

    Emmanuel Adebayor has the line to look across - and still gets caught offside One of my footballing pet hates. No excuse...

    Emmanuel Adebayor
  116. Spit spat?

    Man City 1-0 Man Utd

    Louis van Gaal on suggestions Marouane Fellaini spat at Sergio Aguero in the game: "I have heard that there is a question on social media. When you shout sometimes a little bit of saliva is with it. I don't think he is a spitting figure."

  117. Post update

    Aston Villa 0-0 Tottenham

    It's been so long since Aston Villa scored that some of the fans behind the goal get a little over excited when Andreas Weimann flicks on a corner. It's not even remotely close guys!

    Scotland had yet to vote on Independence last time Villa scored - that's how long ago it was...

  118. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

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    Villa Park

    BBC Radio 5 live football producer Phil Wye, on Twitter: "Representatives from the armed forces are recognised here at Villa Park today."

  119. Post update

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    Spurs starting sharply as Nacer Chadli gets to the byeline and stands up a cross which Villa just about clear. At the other end Christian Benteke wins a corner with some strong play.

  120. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Aston Villa 0-0 Tottenham

    Tom Thrall: I totally understand why we don't play Harry Kane, I... hmm... surely it's because... no wait... Actually sorry, I haven't a clue.

    Rory: What a waste to see Christian Eriksen on the left. Put him in the middle and Andros Townsend on the left. No pace in the Spurs team at all.

    James Buchanan: All I want this afternoon is a Villa goal. Any goal. Even if it comes via a 22-man scramble in the box following a corner.

  121. KICK-OFF

    Aston Villa 0-0 Tottenham

    Under way just off the M6 where the rain has fallen hard all afternoon. Slick surface, slick match?

    Roberto Soldado shoots inside 30 seconds and pops it wide from 20 yards.

    Paul Lambert shakes hands with Mauricio Pochettino
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    Aston Villa v Tottenham (16:00 GMT)

    A wonderful minute's silence and we are set for go at Villa Park.

    Aston Villa and Tottenham observe a minute's silence
  123. Text us on 81111

    Aston Villa v Tottenham (16:00 GMT)

    Chocks, London: Totally agree with Patrick Barclay (see 15:53). Spurs need to give up on their fixation with the Champions League. We need continuity and a steady ship for a few seasons to go into the new stadium and then take it from there. Too much chopping and changing and it's getting us nowhere.

  124. Manager reaction

    Man City 1-0 Man Utd

    More from Louis van Gaal, speaking about Marcos Rojo's injury: "We have to wait and see. I am not a doctor. Maybe tomorrow I know more but I don't think he will play against Crystal Palace.

    "Michael Carrick was very good, as well as Paddy McNair. I am pleased they showed that but it is disaster - so many defenders are injured and you have to play every week with a different defence.

    "Despite the result, we are very close. You saw it against Chelsea and now against Manchester City. They are the two best clubs in this league and the difference is zero I think.

    "When you see what we did with 10 against 11 you can be proud as a coach."

    Manchester United defender Marcos Rojo is stretchered off
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    Tom Cleverley leads his side through a pre-match huddle. Is he pointing out where the goal is?

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    Football writer Patrick Barclay

    MOTD2 Extra

    "Aston Villa are such a big club that in the coming years they will need to achieve more but stability is all they need at the moment. The pressure is not as big on them as it is at Spurs, where expectations are excessive."

  127. Will we ever score again?

    Aston Villa v Tottenham (16:00 GMT)

    Cristiano Ronaldo

    That's correct, remarkably. Cristiano Ronaldo has scored 20 (TWENTY) times since Villa managed to find the net...

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    Ron Vlaar has a steely look in his eyes as the sides line up at Villa Park. Can Villa finally score today? An incredible stat coming up...

  129. Pellegrini - title race still on

    Man City 1-0 Man Utd

    Manuel Pellegrini told BBC Sport: "Of course it was hard. Derby games are special games for both teams. Manchester United have very good players and if you give them time and space they can decide the game.

    "We worked hard and played very well until we scored but maybe after that we didn't continue to play the way we were.

    "We had a lot of possession in the first 45 minutes and had two clear chances of a goal.

    "We had at least one and a half penalties. For Yaya Toure it was a penalty and a sending off but we continued to play with trust that we would score.

    "We have 28 games more to play, which is a lot of points. Nobody can know what will happen.

    "I said last week we were in a similar position to last year. Nobody knows how it will finish but we will continue to try and retain our title."

  130. Smalling second yellow 'stupid'

    Man City 1-0 Man Utd

    Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal, speaking to BBC Sport: "Yes [the sending off influenced the game]. That is always like that. It had a big influence on the opponent but also ourselves. Despite having 10 men we played better in the second half than the first and that is because of the willpower of the team. We created a lot of chances, they fought until the last moment but City had a very good goalkeeper. We are very close but we have to improve.

    "The sending off is not one of those things. As a player you have to control your aggression. I didn't see the first yellow but the second you know as a player you have a yellow, so you have to handle it differently. I said that to the players. In the derby you have to be careful. The second yellow card was stupid."

    Louis van Gaal
  131. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Man City 1-0 Man Utd

    Jas Grewal: Great spirit from Manchester United players after being down to 10 men. I'm sure many expected us to get spanked but we coulod have got a draw.

    Muhammad Owais: Yes City won by just one goal but had three penalties denied, and Maraoune Fellaini or Marcos Rojo might have been sent of on another day. David Silva was missed.

    Ben Cotterill: Moyes had Vidic, Ferdinand and Evra as defenders, van Gaal has none of them and has been very unlucky with defensive injuries.

  132. "Spurs are like permanent torture"

    Aston Villa v Tottenham (16:00 GMT)

    Football writer Patrick Barclay

    MOTD2 Extra

    "Tottenham are like a permanent torture, their ambition is to be a top four club, but they have got a 35,000 seater stadium. How many top four teams across Europe have a ground that size?

    "They have just announced further delays on the construction of a new stadium, and I just think they need a period where they have the Europa League as their ambition, rather than the Champions League, and let Mauricio Pochettino work for a time in the way he would like to, without that pressure."

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