Match: Tottenham Hotspur v Aston Villa
Date: January 8, 2017
Competition: Emirates FA Cup
Venue: White Hart Lane
Attendance: 31, 182
Weather: 9C, cloudy
Ben Davies (71 mins)
Son (80 mins)
Villa bowed out of the Emirates FA Cup at the third round stage despite producing a spirited display against Tottenham at White Hart Lane.
Goalkeeper Sam Johnstone made his Villa debut after joining on loan from Manchester United this week and impressed.
Young Lion Keinan Davis also made his first senior appearance, featuring for the final 13 minutes.
In what was cagey opening, Steve Bruce’s team more than held their own, maintaining a solid shape, containing and frustrating their hosts.
With limited goalmouth action at either end, Gabby Agbonlahor was denied by a last-ditch block when in a shooting position while Kieran Tripper’s free-kick was punched cleared by Johnstone.
The visitors grew into the contest and after a patient, sustained spell of possession, Leandro Bacuna let fly and saw his strike held by Michel Vorm.
Three minutes shy of the interval, a clever one-two between Vincent Janssen and Son almost carved the opening – Nathan Baker’s well-time block diverting the ball behind for a corner.
The start of the second half was end-to-end with both teams pushing forward at every opportunity.
Spurs, who brought on Dele Alli with 60 minutes on the clock, then fashioned arguably the best chance of the game – Son forcing Johnstone into a fine reflex save.
Moments later, came Villa's big opportunity - firstly James Chester and then Agbonlahor saw attempts blocked in the same attacking move.
Johnstone, again demonstrating why he is so highly-rated, confidently collected Harry Winks’ crisp effort from distance.
Mauricio Pochettino's outfit took the lead with under 20 minutes remaining – Ben Davies glancing home substitute Georges-Kevin Nkoudou’s cross.
They doubled their advantage soon after – Son converting Moussa Sissoko’s cutback.
Valiant Villa kept pushing and won a number of set pieces while Johnstone again produced the goods - saving well to deny Son his brace late on.
TOTTENHAM: Vorm, Trippier, Carter-Vickers, Alderweired (Nkodou 70), Davies, Wimmer, Dier (C), Sissokho (Onomah 84), Son, Winks, Janssen (Alli 60). Unused subs: Lopez, Vertonghen, Wanyama, Walker-Peters.
VILLA: Johnstone, Hutton, Chester (C), Baker, Amavi, Tshibola, Jedinak (Davis 77), Bacuna, Adomah (Adomah 76), Grealish, Agbonlahor (McCormack 77). Unused subs: Gollini, Elphick, Cissokho, Westwood.
Referee: Mike Dean
Assistant referee 1:Derek Eaton
Assistant referee 2: Adam Nunn
Fourth Official: Graham Scott