Tottenham fans will be delighted after today’s performance against a tired Villa side. Going to a team fighting for a Champions League place and winning with such ease must have put a big smile on Harry Redknapp’s face. Rarely were Spurs put under any real pressure, Heskey hit the crossbar but apart from that Aston Villa had nothing to shout about. With the relegation battle so evenly poised a run of 5 unbeaten games (a run that Spurs are currently experiencing) really does work wonders.

5 weeks ago after the agonising, late loss away to Bolton Spurs’ position looked precarious, now, however,  they’re sitting at the top of the bottom half of the table, 5 points clear of 18th placed Stoke City. Manager Redknapp was roundly criticised for leaving Portsmouth when he came to White Hart Lane and the wins weren’t appearing instantly but his influence is now being seen and the sides around the relegation zone aren’t liking it. Much is talked about the ‘magical’ 40 points that sees a team safe, Spurs are 5 away from that and it’s hard to see them not getting those 5 with 9 games to play.

On the other side there’s Villa, they looked sluggish and couldn’t string 2 passes together. Spurs could have had many, many more especially in the dying stages of the second half. Two goalkeeping errors cost them and they gave their opponents an amazing amount of time on the ball, with which Aaron Lennon punished them.

On that showing a Champions League team they are not. 3 weeks ago they were far, far ahead of Arsenal and coasting in the prized 4th spot. But then their inexperience in these types of situation shone through, the top 4 all know how to finish a campaign that’s why they’re so dominant. Liverpool emphatically turned up the heat yesterday, Chelsea ground out a win today, Arsenal finally found their shooting boots (apart from Nicklaus Bendtner) and United will surely come back strong. Villa, though, haven’t shown any of this poise, this ability to win on a bad day against average sides. Spurs are an average side and can be put to the sword easily as has been shown by Hull, Bolton, Wigan and even West Brom.

Villa’s sword needs to be sharpened, however, for the run-in against a rejuvenated Arsenal, who looked back to their best with new addition Arshavin and Walcott running riot down the wing. If Martin O’Neill just stands by it will be a UEFA Cup berth for the second season in a row and surely more unrest amongst the Villa faithful. My tip: Drop Agbonlahor, for all the pace you can have you also need to be able to create and score chances, something that’s he’s not doing at the moment.


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