By Dave Smith
REMI Garde’s reign as Aston Villa manager got off the worst possible start as Spurs struck through Mousa Dembele after just three minutes.
It didn’t start too well for skipper Gaby Agbonlahor either as he was hauled off at the interval after an ineffective first 45 minutes.
By that stage Villa were 2-0 down as Dele Alli scored on the stroke of half time.
Rock bottom Villa did rally for a spell in the second half when Jordan Ayew pulled a goal back, but Harry Kane sealed a deserved win for Spurs who move up to fifth.
That’s ten Premier League games unbeaten for Mauricio Pochettino’s men who are making a strong claim for a Champions League place.
For Villa, and newly appointed boss Garde, they are looking at a Championship place after their worst start to a season in their 127-year history.
Four points from 11 games; just one from ten and a pathetic goal return. The new Villa boss already knows the enormity of the task facing him.
Apart from a brief spell in the second half when Villa decided to come to life, Spurs were coasting and continue to make impressive progress under Pochettino.
Sky co-commentator Alan Smith made a good point at one stage when he said…
‘there’s no easy game in the Premier League but this is as close as it gets’
Maybe Spurs, because it was so easy for an hour, took their foot off the ball as Ayew pulled a goal back to remind the home side they had to see the job out.
It would have been an absolute travesty if Spurs had lost this game and, of course, it was ‘one of their own’ who secured the points and sent Villa crashing to a seventh successive defeat.
Welcome back to the Premier League Remi: a lot of work to do.