2021-22 English Premier League
  • Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg (27')
  • Matt Targett (71' OG)
  • Ollie Watkins (67')

Tottenham edge Aston Villa to ease pressure on Nuno Espirito Santo

Tottenham ended their Premier League winless run with a 2-1 victory over Aston Villa on Sunday.

Matt Targett's own goal was the winner for Spurs after Ollie Watkins equalised for the visitors following Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg's opener.

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The result eases pressure on Spurs manager Nuno Espirito Santo after the team suffered three consecutive defeats in the league.

Spurs move up to eighth position in the table while Villa drop to 10th place.

"We needed a win but a well-deserved win. We did a good match against tough opponents. Important for us, the boys and the fans. We reacted well after conceding and positive in a lot of ways," Nuno said.

"Many times we conceded and go flat but this time the team did well. We missed chances to kill the game."

Harry Kane almost opened the scoring from inside his own half after 23 minutes but his long-range free-kick was palmed away by Villa goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez.

The hosts did take the lead four minutes later when Son Heung-Min set up Hojbjerg to score with a composed finish.

Following the break, Spurs had chances to double their lead but Tyrone Mings cleared Emerson's header off the line before Ezri Konsa blocked Son's close-range effort.

Villa made Spurs rue those missed opportunities and equalised after 68 minutes when Watkins converted Targett's cross.

However, Spurs went back in front three minutes later Son provided another assist as Targett bundled the ball into his own net.

Kane, who scored a hat trick against NS Mura in the Europa Conference League in midweek, had chances to kill the game off but was unusually hesitant and the England striker's six-game streak without a Premier League goal is his worst run since the 2015-16 campaign.

"I didn't think there was an awful lot in the match," Villa boss Dean Smith said. "They had the outstanding player on the pitch in Son Heung-Min, he set up the winner and caused us problems all game."

English Premier League Standings

1 Manchester City 22 +41 56
2 Liverpool 21 +37 45
3 Chelsea 22 +28 43
4 West Ham United 22 +11 37
5 Arsenal 20 +8 35
6 Tottenham Hotspur 18 +3 33
7 Manchester United 20 +3 32
8 Wolverhampton Wanderers 20 +2 31
9 Brighton & Hove Albion 20 0 28
10 Leicester City 18 -2 25
11 Crystal Palace 21 -1 24
12 Southampton 21 -8 24
13 Aston Villa 20 -5 23
14 Brentford 21 -9 23
15 Leeds United 20 -15 22
16 Everton 19 -10 19
17 Watford 19 -14 14
18 Norwich City 21 -35 13
19 Newcastle United 20 -23 12
20 Burnley 17 -11 11