Sunday May 6, 2012 Day 37 Finished Villa Park

Aston Villa 1 - 1 Tottenham Hotspur

  • Clark 35’
  • Adebayor 61’ (pen.)

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    Villa hold 10-man Spurs to draw

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  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • Aston Villa
    • Tottenham Hotspur
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    • 90+7' Full-time at Villa Park, and it's a 1-1 draw that all but keeps Villa up!
    • 90+6' Sandro catches Herd on the ankle and concedes the free-kick. Villa will be in no rush to take this.
    • 90+5' Adebayor hooks the ball across the six-yard box but Gallas can't quite get on the end of it and Given can gather.
    • 90+3' Villa repel the corner but here come Tottenham again. Walker swings in a curling cross from deep and Adebayor glances it across goal!
    • 90+2' Bale manages to wrap his boot around the ball right on the line and win Spurs a corner.
    • 90' An almighty six minutes of added time are signalled by the fourth official.
    • 89' Tottenham substitution: Scott Parker replaces Van der Vaart.
    • 88' Villa showing no interest in going forward now. They have virtually everyone camped behind the ball.
    • 87' Van derVaart is about to take a throw before the linesman tells him it's actually a corner. In the end, a throw would probably have served Spurs just as well.
    • 86' Modric takes it quickly, but Villa are wise to the move and snuff it out.
    • 85' Bale can't beat Cuellar from a standing start, and will have to make do with yet another corner.
    • 83' N'Zogbia is down on the ground again after that challenge from Kaboul. No question of any malice from the France defender, but it was a rugged challenge. The Villa attacker is soon back on the pitch though.
    • 82' Kaboul wins the ball off N'Zogbia in midfield and Spurs counter. Adebayor feed sBale, who turns inside the area and hits his shot right at Given!
    • 80' Lennon's cross kicks up into the air. Adebaor is about to go for the bicycle kick but thinks beter of it, before Van der Vaart fires well over the bar.
    • 79' Warnock with a cheeky shove in Walker's back. no need, as the ball was going out for a throw.
    • 78' Sandro wins another corner for Spurs, but this time Villa deal with the set piece effectively and Bale concedes the goal kick.
    • 77' Van der Vaart launches a free-kick into the Villa box from deep and Dunne heads behind for yet another Tottenham corner, their 14th of the afternoon.
    • 75' N'Zogbia swings in a great corner to the far post and Dunne gets his head to it... Kaboul manages to block it with his own head! Great chance for Villa there.
    • 73' Kaboul trudnles forward with the ball, but can't bring his run to a halt before he takes it out of play for a goal kick!
    • 71' Lovely jinking run from Lennon but the Spurs winger is robbed of the ball well by a covering Villa player. Spurs have had 15 shots to Villa's three in this match so far.
    • 70' Villa substitution: Nathan Delfouneso replaces Weimann, who jared his knee in that collision with Friedel.
    • 69' Adebayor scored his ninth penalty from a total of 10 attempts in his career. It was his 6th career PL goal against Aston Villa – his equal-favourite opposition alongside Blackburn, Derby and Tottenham themselves.
    • 68' Given punches the corner clear and Modric's follow-up effort is easily hacked away by Collins.
    • 67' Spurs may have 10 men but they are still seeing ever more of the ball. Lennon wins tham yet another corner.
    • 65' Weimann is sent sprinting after Ireland's through ball and Freidel comes charging out of his area to clear it. The Villa substitute gets a nasty knock on the leg as the keeper makes the clearance.
    • 64' Jermain Defoe was stripped off and ready to come on to the pitch just before Spurs won that penalty. He's now sat back on the bench with his track suit on!
    • 63' Adbayor tries to wriggle his way past Dunne along the touch line and gets unceremoniously blocked by the big Irishman. He has to be careful now, after picking up a booking for the foul which led to the penalty.
    • 61' GOAL!! Adebayor sends Givent he wrong way and coolly despatches his 16th league goal of the season!
    • 60' PENALTY SPURS!! The ball breaks loose following a Spurs corner and Dunne slides in to tackle Sandro but only catches man and not ball! Adebayor places the ball on the spot...
    • 59' Walker hoists a high ball in towards the far post that should be an easy catch for Given, but the Irish keeper again drops it. Fortunately for him there was not a white shirt near him.
    • 57' Tottenham have scored only 16 times in their previous 19 Premier League visits to Villa Park.
    • 55' So, 10-man Tottenham set about trying to rescue this match now. Adebayor charges through the centre and has Lennon screaming for the square pass, but instead hits a tame shot that rolls harmlessly to Given.
    • 53' Villa substitution: James Collins replaces Hutton. Cuellar will move to right-back.
    • 52' Villa substitution: In the meantime, Andreas Weimann replaces Heskey.
    • 51' Hutton looks in plenty of agony as he receives treatment on the field. not sure if he will continue or not.
    • 50' ROSE SHOWN A RED CARD!! The Spurs left-back is sent off for a nasty lunge that catches Hutton right on the shin! No defending that, and the referee wastes no time in giving Rose his marching orders.
    • 49' Villa clear the set piece but Spurs keep the pressure on. Lennon crosses with the outside of his boot but the ball goes over everyone and out for a goal kick.
    • 48' High octane start to the second half from Spurs. Lichaj has to head Rose's cross behind for a corner with Gallas lurking at the far post.
    • 47' Guy Bradley says on Twitter: "A little breathing space for Villa, as the way things stand, unless QPR start banging them in, Villa can afford a draw!"
    • 46' The second half is underway at Villa Park! Can Villa hold on to reach that magic 40-point mark, or will Spurs finally convert their dominance into goals?
    • 45+5' The whistle blows for half-time, and Villa are clinging on to what would be a precious 1-0 lead here. Can they last another 45 minutes? Let me know your thoughts on Twitter @tony_mabert.
    • 45+3' One final chance for Spurs in the first half from a corner. Given claims it well and is in no rush to boot it up the field.
    • 45+1' Heskey has already been in the wars today. He limps off for treatment following that tackle as three minutes of added time are signalled.
    • 45' Stephen Ireland sends Heskey away down the left. The striker turns inside and cuts into the box, but Sandro slides in with a solid challenge. Great tackle from the Brazilian.
    • 43' Modric plays the corner short to Lennona nd gets it back. The Croatian plays it across the box and it's teed up for Van der Vaart to strike... Fired wide of the target! Given could only watch helplessly as it flew past the post!
    • 42' Hutton leaps in front of Bale to block his cross for antoehr corner.
    • 41' Heskey turns past his man on the halfway line by the touch line, but just akes the ball out of play as he does so.
    • 40' Van der Vaart swings in a corner that Villa need three bites at the cherry to clear. Spurs are taking their attacking efforts up a gear now.
    • 38' Bale has a shot inside the area that's going inside the near post... Strong hand from Given to keep it out!
    • 37' Funnily enough, all three of Clark's previous league goals have come against London opposition. He scored twice in a 4-2 home loss to Arsenal before netting an injury-time equaliser in a 3-3 draw at Chelsea.
    • 36' Clark's first goal in over a year could boost Villa's survival hopes and dent Tottenham's top four ambitions.
    • 35' GOAL!! Ciaran Clark puts Villa ahead! The Villa youngster has a speculative pop from way out that takes a deflection off Gallas and loops out of Friedel's reach! Nothing Spurs could do about that!
    • 34' Eric Lichaj catches a well-struck hit from Van der Vaart right in the bread basket. The Villa man is winded, but he'll be OK.
    • 33' What's up with Danny Rose's hair? The Spurs left-back has got a thick stripe shaved into the middle of his head, died a sort of copper colour.
    • 32' Given claims the corner unchallenged, although the Irish keeper does let the ball bounce before truly grabbing hold of it.
    • 31' Tottenham hit Villa on the break again. Bale has two crosses blocked before Cuellar heads a third over the bar for a corner.
    • 30' Van der Vaart chips a cross to Bale at the far post, but he can only head wide under pressure from his marker!
    • 28' Play goes from end to end. Spurs launch a quick counter and Carlos Cuellar does well to divert van der Vaart's cross over the bar. The flag was up for offside, in any case.
    • 26' N'Zogbia is back on the field. I know this because he has just clashed heads with Hutton as they both leapt for a high ball!
    • 25' Walker has another strike from distance flash over the bar. The right-back, who spent time on loan at Villa last season, is claiming a deflection off Stephen Warnock, but a goal kick is given.
    • 23' The injury looks to have happened when Walker collided with N'Zogbia at a Spurs corner moments earlier. The Frenchman limps off the field for treatment and play will continue in his absence.
    • 21' N'Zogbia is down on the turf clutching his ankle. This doesn't look good at all for Villa. At this crucial point of the season they need all their best players fit.
    • 20' Applause rings around the ground as 19 minutes appear on the clock as a mark of support for Villa captain Stiliyan Petrov. Great to see.
    • 19' The free-kick is punted forward and leads to a Villa corner. Former Villa keeper Brad Friedel punches the set piece clear.
    • 18' Heksey is caught by a late challenge from Kaboul near the halfway line. The Frenchman is the first player to get a yellow card today.
    • 17' Great link-up between Tottenham's front two, but Van der Vaart's shot is blocked.
    • 16' This time Heskey heads away but Modric and Van der Vaart help keep the pressure on and Lennon's cross results in a third corner in quick succession for Spurs.
    • 15' Bale goes scampering away down the left but the Welshman is tackled by Dunne for another corner.
    • 14' Dunne gets a typically big head on Van der Vaart's corner. Walker's follow-up effort from range is well over the bar.
    • 13' Kyle Walker wins Spurs their first corner of the match. Things are hotting up nicely at Villa Park now.
    • 12' Tough call that for the referee, but he looks to have got it spot on.
    • 11' Emile Heskey is sent scampering through the middle and he goes down under Kaboul's challenge... No Penalty! Referee Lee Probert waves away the appeals and play continues!
    • 10' Spuirs beginning to knock the ball around in midfield with confidence, but Villa snuff out the attack which had been building well.
    • 9' Former Spurs defender Alan Hutton has a pop from range, but it sails high and wide.
    • 8' Rafael van der Vaart and Adebayor defending from the front, Not allowing Villa any time on the ball in defence.
    • 7' Chris Herd caught dallying in midfield by Sandro, but he manages to keep possession of the ball and finds a team-mate to play him out of trouble.
    • 5' Gareth Bale makes his first run down the left and plays inside to Adebayor, who is shepherded away from goal. Play switches to the other flank and now Adebayor flashes a shot across goal on the turn!
    • 4' Some good early pressure from Villa. spurs not seen much of the ball yet.
    • 3' Charles N'Zogbia's strike from the edge of the box is blocked by Younes Kaboul at the expense of the game's first corner. Spurs clear at the second atempt.
    • 2' Emmanuel Adebayor has scored five goals and laid on four assists in eight Premier League games against Aston Villa.
    • 1' Spurs kick off and we're underway!
    • 14:00 Villa captain Richard Dunne and his Spurs counterpart William Gallas shake hands in the centre circle, and we're ready to go...
    • 13:55 The players are about to come out on to the Villa Park pitch. We'll be underway shortly.
    • 13:50 Tottenham's hopes of grabbing that vital third place in the top flight would get a massive boost should Newcastle lose to Manchester City. That match has kicked off already, and City have made a positive start so far.
    • 13:45 Villa have won just seven matches all season - that's less than anyone apart from top flight whipping boys Wolves - and collected 16 draws. One more draw and they'll tie the all-time record.
    • 13:40 The good omens are flowing thick and fast for Spurs: Villa have lost their last three league matches against Harry Redknapp's side, and they've now gone eight matches without a win. That's worse than any side apart from Wolves.
    • 13:35 Aston Villa boss Alex McLeish has included midfielder Chris Herd despite his part in the nightclub fracas which saw Herd, James Collins and Gabriel Agbonlahor splashed all over the papers this week. Villa trio sorry after brawl
    • 13:30 The massive news for Spurs, Villa and indeed Arsenal and Newcastle fans is that Villa are playing Emile Heskey up front as a lone striker. Heskey has a grand total of one goal this season from his 26 appearances.
    • 13:25 TEAMS: Aston Villa: Given, Hutton, Cuellar, Dunne, Warnock, Lichaj, Herd, Clark, N'Zogbia, Ireland, Heskey. Subs: Guzan, Collins, Delfouneso, Bannan, Weimann, Gardner, Carruthers. //// Tottenham: Friedel, Dawson, Gallas, Kaboul, Rose, Lennon, Sandro, Modric, Bale, Van der Vaart, Adebayor. Subs: Cudicini, Parker, Saha, Giovani, Defoe, Livermore, Nelsen
    • 13:20 After Arsenal's thrilling, calamitous draw against Norwich yesterday, Harry Redknapp's men come to Villa Park in the full knowledge that three points will lift them into third place in the Premier League and leave them in control of their destiny on the last day of the season.
    • 13:15 Welcome to our LIVE coverage of Tottenham's Premier League clash against Aston Villa.
  • Summary

    • 90+3' Villa repel the corner but here come Tottenham again. Walker swings in a curling cross from deep and Adebayor glances it across goal!
    • 82' Kaboul wins the ball off N'Zogbia in midfield and Spurs counter. Adebayor feed sBale, who turns inside the area and hits his shot right at Given!
    • 75' N'Zogbia swings in a great corner to the far post and Dunne gets his head to it... Kaboul manages to block it with his own head! Great chance for Villa there.
    • 50' ROSE SHOWN A RED CARD!! The Spurs left-back is sent off for a nasty lunge that catches Hutton right on the shin! No defending that, and the referee wastes no time in giving Rose his marching orders.
    • 43' Modric plays the corner short to Lennona nd gets it back. The Croatian plays it across the box and it's teed up for Van der Vaart to strike... Fired wide of the target! Given could only watch helplessly as it flew past the post!
    • 38' Bale has a shot inside the area that's going inside the near post... Strong hand from Given to keep it out!
    • 35' GOAL!! Ciaran Clark puts Villa ahead! The Villa youngster has a speculative pop from way out that takes a deflection off Gallas and loops out of Friedel's reach! Nothing Spurs could do about that!
    • 30' Van der Vaart chips a cross to Bale at the far post, but he can only head wide under pressure from his marker!
    • 11' Emile Heskey is sent scampering through the middle and he goes down under Kaboul's challenge... No Penalty! Referee Lee Probert waves away the appeals and play continues!
    • 5' Gareth Bale makes his first run down the left and plays inside to Adebayor, who is shepherded away from goal. Play switches to the other flank and now Adebayor flashes a shot across goal on the turn!
    • 13:25 TEAMS: Aston Villa: Given, Hutton, Cuellar, Dunne, Warnock, Lichaj, Herd, Clark, N'Zogbia, Ireland, Heskey. Subs: Guzan, Collins, Delfouneso, Bannan, Weimann, Gardner, Carruthers. //// Tottenham: Friedel, Dawson, Gallas, Kaboul, Rose, Lennon, Sandro, Modric, Bale, Van der Vaart, Adebayor. Subs: Cudicini, Parker, Saha, Giovani, Defoe, Livermore, Nelsen

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