Tottenham produced a thoroughly professional performance to break down Aston Villa to claim a 2-0 victory in their FA Cup third-round tie at White Hart Lane.
- Tottenham 2 Aston Villa 0
- Goalless at half-time
- Davies opens scoring
- Son doubles hosts’ advantage
- Spurs advance to fourth round
After a cagey first half with the scores remaining level at the break, Spurs eventually broke down Steve Bruce’s stubborn defence in the 72st minute through a Ben Davies header.
Son Heung-min made sure of the result with 10 minutes left to play with a simple tap-in as Mauricio Pochettino’s second-string side advanced to the next round at the expense of the Championship club.
Pochettino decided to deploy a new 3-4-3 formation against Villa, with Vincent Janssen earning a start as the lone striker.
The Argentine will be worried about the Netherlands international’s lack of impact since arriving from AZ Alkmaar in the off-season but would be pleased with the rest of the team, who made the most of their opportunities in the cup.
After a blunt first-half performance with Janssen failing to provide the movement needed in the area, the arrival of Dele Alli and Georges-Kevin N’Koudou sparked Spurs into action.
Seconds after coming on for Toby Alderweireld, N’Koudou swung in a lovely ball in from the left flank, and Davies was positioned perfectly to head home the opener and his first goal for the club.
In the 80th minute, Spurs put the result beyond doubt with some silky one-touch football, with Son getting on the end of Moussa Sissoko’s cut-back to finish past Sam Johnstone in goal.
The young team looked comfortable after the second goal and managed to see off the tie with relative ease in the closing stages.