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here's the match report i was too lazy to write myself! :)

If Spurs fans thought the defeat to Middlesbrough last week was depressing, it cannot have matched the desperation that hung around White Hart Lane after this disastrous result.

2-0 up with 30 minutes to go and cruising to a rare victory, Tottenham’s season was sent to the emergency room after Villa, led by Dion Dublin, charged back with four goals in 11 mad minutes to leave a shell-shocked north London with all three points.

Long before the final whistle blew, Spurs fans were spilling on to the streets muttering expletives. Those that chose to stay simply rang out the chant of ‘Sugar out’, the chairman the subject of their frustration at seeing yet another false dawn.

Tottenham began well enough, playing some of their best football of the season in the first half. They were rewarded on 15 minutes when Steffen Iversen rose to head home his 17th goal of the season from a David Ginola cross.

Chris Armstrong’s goal just after half-time seemed to confirm Tottenham’s superiority and a move back into the top half of the table looked on. The goal was Armstrong’s seven in eight games, but more pertinent for Spurs fans is his goals to chances ratio.

By the time Armstrong rounded James to notch Spurs’ second he could have had three or four, and in a season where Spurs have only lost by more than one goal once – the 2-0 defeat to Liverpool on Sunday – the need for a more clinical finisher has been evident.

Villa’s comeback began with a contentious penalty converted by Dublin in his fifth game since he returned from breaking a bone in his neck. Rob Harris initially turned down Villa appeals for a penalty after Iversen appeared to handle Dublin’s shot, but after protests from the Villa players, the referee consulted his assistant who suggested that it should be a penalty.

Amid the confusion Mauricio Taricco appeared to be felled by a blow from Ugo Ehiogu which went unseen by Harris. However Dublin kept his calm and slotted home the goal to turn Villa’s game around.

He soon added another against his favourite opposition - remember his debut hat-trick last season? This was an acrobatic hook from Benito Carbone’s cross eight minutes later and Spurs were crumbling. Carbone thumped Villa in front from Dublin's assist and Alan Wright smacked in the fourth from a loose ball.

The superb win strengthens Villa’s position in sixth position as the FA Cup finalists continue their two-pronged attack on European football for next season. For Spurs, whose manager George Graham is in hospital, it looks terminal.

Tottenham: Walker, Carr, Perry, Campbell, Taricco, Clemence, Freund, Anderton, Ginola, Iversen, Armstrong.
Subs Not Used: Baardsen, Korsten, Scales, Young, Etherington.
Booked: Anderton, Campbell, Taricco, Perry.
Goals: Iversen 16, Armstrong 47.

Aston Villa: James, Ehiogu, Barry, Samuel, Watson (Delaney 46), Boateng, Merson, Thompson, Wright, Dublin, Carbone, Delaney (Bewers 90)
Subs Not Used: Enckelman, Walker, Ghent.
Booked: Thompson, Boateng, Samuel.
Goals: Dublin 62 pen, 69, Carbone 70, Wright 74.
Att: 35,304

Ref: R Harris (Oxford).
 

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Is that in posting a topic?? Or in with the Villa?? :)

Saw the goals today (I'm running a little slow this week! :)) Alan Wrights was magnificant!
 
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