Aston Villa 0-4 Tottenham: Player ratings


Tottenham produced a blistering second-half display at Aston Villa as Son Heung-min’s hat-trick helped secure a 4-0 victory on Saturday night, giving them the initiative in the top four race.

Son got Spurs off to the perfect start inside three minutes, as the ball fell graciously for the South Korean to fire a half-volley in off the post.

Villa reacted as Matty Cash cracked their first shot on target straight at Hugo Lloris, with the Frenchman needed again soon after to brilliantly tip Jacob Ramsey’s fierce drive over the bar. Lloris was again needed to repel a swerving John McGinn strike from range.

It was blood and thunder stuff from Steven Gerrard’s side, with the likes of Matty Cash and Jacob Ramsey making some robust slide challenges inside the opening 25 minutes as they tried to rattle their visitors.

Spurs did struggle to gain control as Villa pressed for an equaliser, with Ollie Watkins ballooning a header over after Philippe Coutinho had done well to dig out a cross. The England striker was also denied by Lloris after being slid in by Danny Ings.


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