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On the Whistle: Tottenham Hotspur 3-1 Aston Villa

McGinn: It’s a massive step up – but we do take positives Dean's Debrief: Promising signs, who impressed, the deciding factor and positives taken
On the Whistle: Tottenham Hotspur 3-1 Aston Villa

Game details

Match: Tottenham Hotspur v Aston Villa
Date: Saturday 10th August 2019
Venue: Tottenham Hotspur Stadium

Scoring summary

McGinn (9)

Ndombele (73), Kane (86, 90)


Heaton, Elmohamady, Engels, Mings, Taylor, Hourihane (Luiz 82), McGinn, Grealish, Trezeguet (Jota 59), El Ghazi, Wesley (Kodjia 74). Unused subs: Steer, Konsa, Targett, Lansbury.


Story in brief

Aston Villa were left frustrated as Harry Kane bagged a late double in a 3-1 win for Tottenham Hotspur.

John McGinn marked his top-flight debut with an early goal as we went in ahead at the break against the Champions League finalists.

McGinn pounced after a wonderful pass through from Tyrone Mings, who was impressive at the back alongside Bjorn Engels.

But the hosts turned the game around after the break as Tanguy Ndombele levelled on 73 minutes before Kane’s brace on 86 minutes and 89 minutes.


Plenty of positives

There remained plenty of buoyancy in the aftermath of our return to the Premier League, after holding off one of the division's top sides for well over an hour.

Villa countered brilliantly all game as Jack Grealish, Trezeguet and Anwar El Ghazi carried us forward in search of a second goal.

There were also some outstanding individual displays.

Tom Heaton made two top-notch saves that kept us in the match, while Engels and Mings flourished as a centre-half partnership – making countless blocks and interceptions.

Further forward, McGinn and Hourihane were dogged in their midfield battle.

The claret and blues won't face many sterner tests. This display bodes well.


A goal to savour

It was a moment we'd all been waiting for, three years in the making.

When McGinn found the bottom corner after just nine minutes at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, it was the ultimate announcement of our top-flight return.

The 3,000 travelling Villans pocketed in the opposite stand rejoiced, while Villa proved they'll be a match for anyone on their day this season.


Trezeguet magic

Alongside the aforementioned good performances from Mings, Engels, Heaton and McGinn, Egyptian winger Trezeguet also enjoyed a quality debut.

He twisted and turned Spurs left-back Danny Rose on numerous occasions – almost adding a second goal for his side, only for his shot to be deflected wide.

A number of dangerous deliveries flashed across the penalty area thereafter.

Still building up match fitness, he was substituted for Jota in the second period. But there's no doubt we have a real talent on our hands.

Next up

We host Bournemouth in our first home game of the season next Saturday afternoon.

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Dan Connor
By @danconnor 10th August 2019