Tottenham 2 Aston Villa 0

Tottenham Hotspur have climbed back up to third in the table after Emmanuel Adebayor’s double granted them a 2-0 victory against Aston Villa.

Nash Herringtonby Nash Herrington

Adebayor, who is on a season-long loan from Manchester City, began his grand display by sending the ball into the back of the net via an impressive scissor-kick just 14 minutes into the game. The Togolese striker then followed with another in the 40th minute thanks to a poor defensive display from Villa, allowing Bale’s cross to meet its man perfectly.

This will be a great boost for Adebayor, who prior to the game was suffering through a two-month goal drought, and it will also undoubtedly please Spurs boss Harry Redknapp, who returned to his managerial role following heart surgery.

The goal difference should have been even larger, with Adebayor also missing two clear chances on goal after failing to make good of Aaron Lennon’s tremendous cross in the 11th minute and a perfect through-ball from Luka Modric in the 51st.

Nevertheless a combination of Spurs’ confidence and a fumbled defensive game from the likes of Collin and Given allowed Spurs to rise up the League table once more, just about surpassing Newcastle on goal difference.

Spurs are currently on an unbeaten league run, with nine winning games under their belts. Prior to the match against Villa, Redknapp said of his return from surgery: "I have more energy than I had before and feel better than I did three weeks ago.

"I can handle the stress of a match and am really looking forward to getting back to work."