Tottenham closed to within two points of the Premier League summit after beating Aston Villa 2-0 at Villa Park on Sunday.
- Aston Villa 0 Tottenham 2
- Kane hits crossbar early on
- Lamela also denied by woodwork
- Kane strikes quick-fire brace
- Gestede hits frame of the goal
A quick-fire brace from Harry Kane either side of the half-time break secured all three points for Mauricio Pochettino’s side as they kept the pressure on league leaders Leicester, who face Newcastle on Monday.
The Villans remain rooted to the foot of the table following a fifth straight defeat that has left them nine points adrift of safety with just eight games to go.
The visitors were searching for their first league win in three games and went close to breaking the deadlock early on when Kane struck the frame of the goal from the edge of the area after being played in by Erik Lamela.
The England striker would go on to have a personal duel with Villa goalkeeper Brad Guzan, who blocked an effort from Kane with his legs on 24 minutes, before using his chest to keep out another shot shortly afterwards.
Lamela was next to be thwarted by the woodwork as his shot from close range was tipped onto the post by Guzan before Alan Hutton cleared the ball off the line.
But the north Londoners finally breached the home defence on 42 minutes and it was Kane who grabbed the opener as he latched onto a quickly-taken free-kick from Dele Alli to fire past Guzan from 12 yards out.
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Any thoughts the hosts had of a second-half comeback were snuffed out by Kane, who doubled Spurs’ lead just three minutes after the restart with a lethal finish following a cross from Alli out on the left.
Pochettino’s men seemed content with a two-goal cushion and proceeded to knock the ball about, although Villa did have a few chances in the closing stages of the second half, as Rudy Gestede crashed his close-range shot against the crossbar six minutes from time while Joleon Lescott fired wide from just two yards out to compound the Villans’ woes.
Next up for second-placed Spurs in league is a clash with Bournemouth at White Hart Lane. Villa are rock-bottom of the standings and they travel to Wales next to play Swansea City.