While some Spurs fans may have felt frustration and a sense of déjà vu at half time, others remained calm and felt certain that the goals would go in during the second period. That sense of calmness was admittedly helped by the lack of quality in this Villa side and while the hosts recovered in the last 45 minutes, the 4-0 victory was fully deserved.
After the match, Andre Villas-Boas praised a performance that included a first Premier League hat trick for Gareth Bale.
“It was a good performance from the beginning to the end,” said Andre on the club’s official website.
“The players were really up for it. They played so much good football in the first half that it was a little unfair that we arrived at half-time at 0-0.
“The players adapted well to Villa’s changes at half-time and all-round, for 90 minutes, it was an excellent performance both individually and collectively.”
If there is a justifiable criticism it could be directed at the poor delivery on most of the fifteen corners in the first half. However, it must be a big positive overall and particularly pleasing that Hugo Lloris and his defence have now kept three clean sheets in a row.
The result saw us sneak above Everton and into the top four on goals scored and next up is a trip to Sunderland on Saturday in another televised game.