Tottenham 1-2 Aston Villa: Player ratings as Villans down woeful Spurs

19 May 2021 10:07

Aston Villa came from a goal behind to secure an impressive 2-1 win over a lacklustre Tottenham side at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Wednesday evening.

Spurs raced into an early lead as Steven Bergwijn stole the ball from Marvelous Nakamba and drilled an unstoppable effort into the roof of the net.

The lead lasted little more than ten minutes as Sergio Reguilon produced one of the goals of the season to thrash a right-footed volley past Hugo Lloris and into his own net. The Spaniard didn't even have to look where the goal was before taking aim - the mark of any great goalscorer.

Villa turned the game on its head shortly before half-time as Ollie Watkins shrugged off Eric Dier before slotting past Lloris to make it 2-1 to the visitors, as Spurs felt the wrath of the fans as they trudged down the tunnel at the interval.

Tottenham finally started to crank up the pressure in the second half but Emiliano Martinez was in the way of their sparse goalbound efforts, as the visitors took all three points from their trip to north London.

Let's get to your Spurs and Villa player ratings.


1. Goalkeeper & defenders

Sergio Reguilon had a moment to forget | Pool/Getty Images

Hugo Lloris (GK) - 6/10 - Very lucky not to concede a penalty after needlessly charging into Watkins early on. Made a few decent saves later in the game to deny the England man.

Japhet Tanganga (RB) - 5/10 - Looked to get close to Jack Grealish and not allow him chance to turn but the Villa man just proved too clever time after time. Couldn't produce any kind of quality when given the chance to chuck a cross into the box.

Toby Alderweireld (CB) - 6/10 - Offered some urgency in the second half by stepping forward and intercepting the balls into Watkins. Spread the play with some good long balls and most importantly wasn't Eric Dier.

Eric Dier (CB) - 5/10 - Showed absolutely no desire to overpower Watkins as his England colleague easily held him off before making it 2-1 to Villa. Just a liability throughout really.

Sergio Reguilon (LB) - 3/10 - Had a nightmare of a first half, smashing the ball past Lloris for Villa's first of the evening before conceding possession in the build-up to the visitors' second.

2. Midfielders

Dele Alli started again in midfield | Sam Bagnall - AMA/Getty Images

Harry Winks (CM) - 4/10 - Completed a pass that went forwards in the 49th minute. Might as well have been hooked up to one of those table football games for the amount of sideways running he did.

Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg (CM) - 5/10 - Let Grealish run rings around him in the midfield and didn't see enough of the ball to even be given his customary 'recycled possession well'.

Dele Alli (AM) - 6/10 - His teammates offered absolutely no movement whenever he was on the ball and he grew frustrated as the evening went on. Still, he showed a good willingness to get back and help out defensively.

3. Forwards

Harry Kane led the line for Spurs | Richard Heathcote/Getty Images

Steven Bergwijn (RW) - 6/10 - His first Premier League start for over three months and what a way to start with a thumping finish inside ten minutes. Should have done better with an effort early in the second but fired straight at Martinez.

Harry Kane (ST) - 5/10 - There's dropping deep and then there's playing defensive midfield. The frontman tried to play like a quarterback but that's difficult when you teammates are playing musical statues.

Son Heung-min (LW) - 5/10 - We barely even realised he was playing in the first half. Was more lively in the second but still failed to complete a couple of easy passes that could have unlocked the Villa defence.

4. Substitutes

Gareth Bale (RW) - 6/10

Tanguy Ndombele (CM) - 6/10

Matt Doherty (RB) - N/A


5. Goalkeeper & defenders

Tyrone Mings battles with Son Heung-Min | Pool/Getty Images

Emiliano Martinez (GK) - 7/10 - Nothing he could do for Bergwijn's opener but produced two smart saves to deny the Dutchman equalising early in the second half.

Ezri Konsa (RB) - 7/10 - Some sloppy distribution in the second half which really didn't help his side's cause. Asked to fill in at right-back and despite some poor passing he did well on the whole.

Kortney Hause (CB) - 6/10 - Gave the ball away in the build-up to the opener. Took some time to find his feet which is to be expected given he's only made one league appearance this calendar year, though he defended much better as the game wore on.

Tyrone Mings (CB) - 5/10 - Guilty of backing off Bergwijn as he advanced towards goal before opening the scoring. Looked like a dog chasing its tail as Harry Kane turned him inside out at one point but the defender was saved by his goalkeeper.

Matt Targett (LB) - 7/10 - A constant threat down the Villa left and helped drag his side up the field with some brilliant runs and some clever balls over the top.

6. Midfielders

Jack Grealish moves away from Harry Winks | Pool/Getty Images

Marvelous Nakamba (CM) - 6/10 - Absolutely shocking bit of play in the middle of the park as Bergwijn took the ball off him to open the scoring. Composed himself and helped to break up play in the midfield.

John McGinn (CM) - 8/10 - Didn't give Spurs a second on the ball and won possession back in the home side's half on a number of occasions. Superb all game and was a big reason behind his side's win.

Jack Grealish (AM) - 7/10 - You'd have no idea he'd been injured for so long. A constant livewire on the ball helping to commit Spurs defenders and opening up the game.

7. Forwards

Ollie Watkins hands Villa the lead | Pool/Getty Images

Bertrand Traore (RW) - 7/10 - Pushed inside whenever Spurs were in possession to try and flood the midfield. Did brilliantly to dance past Spurs defenders but just kept on taking too many touches.

Ollie Watkins (ST) - 8/10 - Looked really bright early on and had a couple of efforts denied by Lloris. Led the line superbly, took his goal very well and didn't stop running and hassling the Spurs backline all evening.

Anwar El-Ghazi (LW) - 6/10 - Had a brilliant chance to make the score 3-1 shortly before the interval but spooned his effort well wide. Continued to work hard but wasn't really effective in an attacking sense.

8. Substitutes

Douglas Luiz (CM) - 6/10

Carney Chukwuemeka (CM) - N/A

Jaden Philogene-Bidace (LW) - N/A

Source: 90min