It took some time, but Tottenham eventually broke Aston Villa’s resolve to book their place in the fourth round of the FA Cup. So how did they perform individually?
Michel Vorm, 7
Only had a couple of routine saves to make. Brilliant with the ball at his feet as usual.
Kieran Trippier, 8
Displayed his crossing ability again and played a part in the second goal. Proving to be perfect back-up for Kyle Walker at a crucial phase of the season.
Cameron Carter-Vickers, 7
A couple of silly fouls couldn’t take the gloss of another promising performance. Read the game well, won plenty of important headers and made a vital interception when a Villa goal looked certain.
Toby Alderweireld, 7
Straight after Carter-Vickers’ key challenge, Alderweireld put his own stamp on the match with another decisive block. Only let down by a couple of stray diagonals early on.
Kevin Wimmer, 7
The least active of the defenders, but composed and competent nonetheless.
Ben Davies, 7
His final ball was hit and miss, and Villa’s wide players got at him too easily on occasion. But it was his header that broke the deadlock — his first goal for the club.
Eric Dier, 6
Many were pleased to see Dier return to midfield, but he looked sloppy at times and misplaced a few passes when the tempo needed upping. Improved when Spurs went ahead.
Harry Winks, 8
Controlled the game for 90 minutes. Got himself out of tricky situations with his excellent footwork and was always accurate with his passing, which was direct and purposeful.
Moussa Sissoko, 7
Got Tottenham up the pitch whenever he could despite overrunning the ball a few times. Smoothly played in Son for the second goal.
Heung-Min Son, 7
Fluffed his lines when he really should have scored midway through the second half. Upped his game after that and sealed the win with Spurs’ second.
Vincent Janssen, 5
Did his best but tried too hard to be involved, meaning he was rarely in the box when needed. Doesn’t seem to fit Mauricio Pochettino’s system, despite his best efforts.
Dele Alli, 7
Spurs were immediately better when Alli replaced Janssen. The midfielder broke forward in the build-up to the opener and retained possession effectively in advanced positions.
Georges-Kevin Nkoudou, 8
Changed the game. His excellent cross set up Davies to break the deadlock and his direct play put Spurs on the front foot. Was unlucky not to provide one or two more assists.
Josh Onomah, N/A
Played just six minutes plus stoppage time.