Premier League - Adebayor double hands Harry winning return

Mon, 21 Nov 21:53:00 2011

Emmanuel Adebayor gave Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp a winning return to the technical area by scoring twice in a comfortable 2-0 home victory over Aston Villa that sees the London side move up to third place in the Premier League.

Tottenham 2 Aston Villa 0

Redknapp had missed matches with Fulham and Rubin Kazan after minor heart surgery, but could not have scripted a better performance in his first match back at White Hart Lane.

It was a real tonic for Redknapp in every sense with Spurs collecting a fourth straight league win.

Tottenham and Newcastle United have 25 points, but the London side are third on goal difference and have played one game fewer.

Togo forward Adebayor turned home Gareth Bale's shot from six yards out on 16 minutes to give his side the lead after a sustained period of pressure.

The same pair combined for the second goal on 40 minutes as Bale whipped in a ball that James Collins and goalkeeper Shay Given failed to clear.

The ball kindly broke for Adebayor, who had the simple task of tucking the ball into the empty net.

It is the fifth time that Tottenham have won eight or more of their first 11 top flight matches and the first time since 1966-67. On all four previous occasions, Tottenham finished the season in the top four.

Tottenham have scored at least two goals in nine successive Premier League matches, their best top flight streak for over 48 years since an 11-match run of two or more goals per match between August and October 1963.

A listless Villa side - watched by Prime Minister and supporter David Cameron - never looked likely to recover in the game, and ended the night looking slightly forlorn with former Villa goalkeeper Brad Friedel enjoying a quiet evening in the home goal.

Tottenham were dominant on the ball with Bale, Luka Modric, Rafael van der Vaart and Scott Parker enjoying fine outings for the home side.

Spurs should have been ahead on 12 minutes when Adebayor headed wide from Aaron Lennon's cross before Younes Kaboul saw a shot deflect narrowly wide from the edge of the box. However, Adebayor then struck his first of the evening.

With Villa struggling to keep the ball for any length of time, Tottenham continued to dominate as Van der Vaart had a couple of shots at goal.

Villa did little of note, but could have equalised on 30 minutes when Emile Heskey tried to play in Darren Bent when he should have shot at goal and the ball rolled harmlessly wide.

After Adebayor added his second, Friedel saved Bent's header on 47 minutes before normal service was resumed as Adebayor slipped an effort wide with only Given to beat on 53 minutes. Bale's run and pass saw Adebayor plant a shot inches wide 14 minutes later with the home crowd relishing the calibre of their team's play.

Given managed to prevent Adebayor from netting the third with a brave block on 76 minutes, but Alex McLeish's team were already doomed by that stage. It was a minor miracle that they escaped conceding only two goals.

Desmond Kane - on Twitter @DesmondKane / Eurosport

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