Aston Villa Secures 2-1 Win Against Tottenham Hotspur
First Half Dominance
In the eighth minute, Jacob Ramsey opened the scoring for Villa with his fifth goal of the season, while Douglas Luiz doubled their lead with a 25-yard free-kick in the second half. Although Harry Kane scored a late penalty for Spurs, it was not enough to prevent Villa from sealing all three points.
Fit-Again Leon Bailey’s Return
Fit-again Leon Bailey returned to the starting line-up for the first time since his injury in April, replacing Bertrand Traoré. Bailey’s early assist enabled Ramsey to score the opener.
The match was an open and exciting encounter, with Son almost finding the net in the first half before Emi Buendía’s shot hit the crossbar. Watkins also came close to scoring with a header. In the second half, Ashley Young and captain John McGinn attempted long-range shots while Buendía called Spurs’ goalkeeper into action.
Crucial Save from Martínez
In the 52nd minute, Emi Martínez made a crucial save to deny Kane after the visitors won possession in a dangerous area. Villa continued to hold Spurs at bay before Luiz’s superb free-kick.
Spurs were awarded a penalty following Martínez’s foul on Kane, but Villa remained resolute, Son’s added-time effort was ruled out, and Villa claimed their highest points tally since 2009/10.
The deserved victory represents the first time Villa has completed a league double over Spurs since 1995/96, recording only a second league win over the north London club on home soil in the last 15 attempts. The win moves Villa up to seventh in the table, level on points with Spurs, and guarantees a first top-10 finish in 12 years.