With two much changed sides having taken to the pitch, referee Jon Moss blew his whistle to start the game. As the away fans let the opposition know that they’ll sing what they want, Tonev, who had confused Saturday’s match with a game of ‘Call of Duty’, dragged an early effort off target.

Youngster Kane latched on to Holtby’s neat pass and burst down the left before shooting; Baker just about managed to block it.

Albrighton, making a rare appearance, then got involved in the action but hesitated on the ball and lost his chance to cross it.

At the other end, Defoe shot well over the bar.

Albrighton was undeterred by his earlier error and soon forced his former teammate Friedel to make a decent save.

Villa looked rather rough round the edges and Defoe continued to pressurise, firing ferociously towards Steer, who did well to clear the shot.

The Villa players were unable to keep the ball for any length of time so Spurs enjoyed the majority of the possession. Nevertheless, Albrighton seemed eager to make the most of his start. He shot from the edge of the area but was, once again, off target.

Tonev made a promising dash down the left and lashed a ball in for Kozak, who was unfortunately unable to reach it.

The Villa defence then lost Lamela, who forced an agile save from Steer.

Five minutes later, Steer was called into action again as he stopped Defoe’s shot at the bottom right-hand corner.

In first half injury time, danger man Defoe was left unmarked and he made the most of Holtby’s accurate cross, nodding home past a flapping Steer.

Needing to increase the tempo, Lambert made two substitutions for the second half, replacing Kozak and El Ahmadi with Bowery and Helenius.

Two minutes later, Villa should have been awarded a penalty after Vertonghen pulled Helenius’ shorts down. Moss decided not to award one and play continued.

To add insult to injury, Paulinho’s high boot went unchallenged by Moss and the Brazilian midfielder managed to nudge the ball in from Holtby’s corner, doubling the visitors’ lead. This gave rise to a crowing chorus of “Wembley” from those fans sporting cockerels on their shirts.

Albrighton made a heartening surge down the byline but his cross was cleared for a corner. He was able to send another pacy cross in to the box minutes later but no Villa players were on hand to help him out, which only added to fans’ frustrations.

Tonev shot from distance and caught Friedel by surprise but the former Villa keeper was able to make the save all the same.

Robinson replaced Tonev with seven minutes left on the clock but all eyes were on Spurs: Bowery lost possession and Defoe played in Chadli, a second half substitute, whose tame shot somehow managed to skulk past the sleeping Steer.

In injury time, Defoe cruelly struck again, skipping round Steer and tapping the ball in to the unmanned net.


    • Don’t you mean pants Ted?

      Lambert knew we were stuffed before we began this time. City firing goals in for fun this week so really hope Villa are focussed on preparing for Saturday.

  1. The score line is disappointing but given the number of changes made to the team and the fact that we had a couple of decisions made against us and the fact that 2 of the goals were in the last 5 minutes when the game was really being chased i’m actually not that bothered.

    While it would be nice to win a cup again i’d prefer to concentrate on the league and not being in a relegation battle than do a blues or wigan.

    The positive way to look at the match is the game time given to the peripheral players, the negative way is another home defeat.

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