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Defenders Head Villa into 6th


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Mellberg and Laursen got the goals to move Villa into 6th place as Villa edged past Spurs this evening,

Petrov came back into the side after his hamstring injury, replacing Maloney. Moore made his first start since the win over Derby thanks to Carew's injury and Curtis Davies kept his place in the side after his goal against Wigan.

The game started with Villa attacking and Spurs being generally messy. Mellberg and Dawson had a number of scraps at set pieces and this was to be a crucial point a little later on. For the first 40 minutes Villa were the only team who really looked liked scoring. Luke Moore had the best chance of the half 4 minutes in after a great move down the right hand side and Laursne blazed the ball over the bar from 8 yards out after around half an hour.

A needless foul on Young gave Villa free kick in a dangerous place. Young whipped the ball into the box where Mellberg had outsmarted Dawson and headed the ball home from about 6 yards.

Berbatov had a chance shortly after but Carson made a strong save to deny the Bulgarian his 5th goal in 4 days.

After half time the game was more or less the same story. That is until Tottenham brought on Robbie Keane and looked like creating some chances. Fortunately for us they scuffed every chance they created. Unfortunately for us Luke Moore did the same thing down the other end.

Jermaine Defoe showed his class with 10 minutes to go, taking advantage of a pinball type situation by athletically volleying the ball past a statue-like Carson.

Then just as you started to think we might throw away 3 points and come away with none, Spurs made another stupid error. Little Jaime O'Hara was left to mark Martin Laursen on an 87th minute corner, which Laursen duly despatched past the helpless Paul Robinson. Laursen's celebrations involved running to MON and exchanging some words, maybe about a contract?

Anyhow the win took us up to 6th place (at least until Man City play Newcastle tomorrow) which is a great way to start the new year. So let's look at the positives and negatives:

Positives:

3 points against the "almighty" Spurs.

6th Place.

Davies looking very good in defence.

We are now a danger from set pieces.

Not letting our heads drop after conceding a late goal.

Negatives:

Agbonlahor looked out of form (though he did throw up on the pitch in the second half)

We seemed to lack a cutting edge without Carew.

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Moore did well when he had the ball but has ceased to be any kind of goal threat. Bit gutted about that really.

yep - i thought he played really well actually. Good movement, good touches, good link up play.

He just doesn't look like scoring at the moment, which is not ideal for a striker ....

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Moore did well when he had the ball but has ceased to be any kind of goal threat. Bit gutted about that really.

yep - i thought he played really well actually. Good movement, good touches, good link up play.

He just doesn't look like scoring at the moment, which is not ideal for a striker ....

Yet only he and Petrov out of the forwards and midfielders even looked like scoring.

It seems Gabby, Ash and Carew are untouchable and Luke is the pariah

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