Paul Lambert felt Villa were well in the game and on course for something after a stirring second half fightback - only to be undone by a clincher for Tottenham.
Boss Lambert was more than happy with the effort and application of his team in the tough encounter with the title-chasers.
He felt Villa were very much in the ascendancy after the break - with Tottenham leading 1-0 at that stage - and on course for an equaliser.
But Roberto Soldado doubled the advantage for the visitors as Andre Villas-Boas's men left B6 with all three points.
Lambert said: "I didn't think there was much in it. The last couple of times Spurs have come here and left with a pretty convincing result. But today it was a different game.
"There wasn't much in the first half and then we lost a goal when we were attacking. I think it's a cross and everyone has missed it.
"In the second half I thought we were in the ascendancy and looked like a team who was going to get it back.
"Christian had a chance with the header. It might have gone in on another day. Then we lost a goal.
"Sometimes you come away from a game knowing you haven't given it a go but I can't fault the lads for the way they went about it.
"Brad only had two saves in the whole game.
"I thought we looked the most likely second half. Everything was ready. We were in the ascendancy. We had a lot of the ball. But the second goal was disappointing."
Lambert also revealed he was never tempted to start with Christian Benteke, due to the lack of training in the build-up to the big match.
He added: "Christian has trained four days in month. It's unfair on him to expect him to right in from the beginning.
"He has only trained a couple of days with us and the same with Belgium.
"It was not enough to throw him into that magnitude of game. Plus I am happy with Libor. It was never an option.
"But he got half-and-hour and it will do him the world of good."
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