Unai Emery prevailed as Tottenham endured their third consecutive Premier League defeat with a 2-1 loss at home to Aston Villa.
Despite creating numerous chances, Spurs lacked a clinical edge, allowing Unai Emery’s team to secure all three points. Ange Postecoglou’s makeshift and injury-hit side fought admirably but fell short on Sunday.
In the opening minute, Aston Villa posed a threat as John McGinn delivered a cross for Matty Cash, but the header went wide. Spurs quickly responded with Pedro Porro providing a pass for Destiny Udogie, whose shot sailed over Emiliano Martinez’s bar.
Tottenham came close to taking the lead when Rodrigo Bentancur set up Son Heung-min, leading to a chance for Dejan Kulusevski, whose strike hit the post. In a frantic start, Torres headed wide from a Lucas Digne free-kick, and Spurs had another opportunity as Bryan Gil’s shot was saved by Martinez.
The offside flag spared Son after he missed a point-blank range shot from a Brennan Johnson cross. Midway through the first half, Tottenham broke the deadlock when Giovani Lo Celso capitalized on a corner clearance, scoring a half-volley with a minor deflection off Carlos.
Shortly after kick-off, Aston Villa responded with Ollie Watkins seemingly scoring from a Digne cross. However, a VAR check revealed Watkins to be marginally offside, and the goal was disallowed.
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Just before half-time, Spurs believed they had a second goal when Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg played in Son, who sprinted into the box and scored. However, the celebrations were short as the goal was offside.
In the closing moments of six first-half stoppage minutes, Aston Villa equalized. Douglas Luiz’s free-kick from the right channel found Torres, who rose above Ben Davies to head home.
After the break, Aston Villa nearly took the lead in a quick breakaway, with Guglielmo Vicario pushing Leon Bailey’s curling strike onto the post.
An offside flag denied Son another goal, with Johnson offside when receiving a pass from Hojbjerg before squaring it to the South Korean.
On the hour mark, Aston Villa went ahead for the first time. Watkins found space away from Emerson Royal and Davies on the edge of the penalty area, scoring and finding the far corner.
Martinez made two remarkable saves in quick succession, first denying Johnson’s close-range strike and then tipping Hojbjerg’s long-range effort behind.
Aston Villa supporters thought they had another goal when Watkins met a deep McGinn cross, but the ball bounced narrowly wide.
Son had one more goal disallowed by the offside flag before the final whistle, as Aston Villa held on and moved above Tottenham into fourth place.