LONDON ( Associated Press) – Tottenham’s New Year’s resolution to keep away from the first goal of the game lasted less than a day as Aston Villa beat them 2-0 on Sunday in the Premier League for manager Unai Emery. His resurgence continued under.
Antonio Conte’s club now have 10 games in which they have given them the opening score and Tottenham are now fifth in the table.
Argentina’s Emiliano Buendia opened the scoring in the 50th minute, capitalizing on a mistake by Frenchman Hugo Lloris in Spurs’ goal, and Brazil’s Douglas Luiz doubled the lead in the 73rd minute to give Villa their second win in a row.
Villa, which finds itself mid-table, has won three of its last four league games.
Tottenham have scored a string of disappointing results with just two wins in the last seven games, reducing their chances of finishing in the top four of the table.
Although Conte managed to get Tottenham into the Champions League last season, he described the feat as a “miracle” and insisted he would be realistic with the club.
“I know what the (financial) reality is because I am the coach,” Conte said after the match. “If they ask me if I’m scared, no. I believe in my work, in these players, but don’t ask me things that I can’t promise you.’
Spurs struggled to create goalscoring chances against Villa and the players were booed following their third home defeat in their last five matches.
Liverpool can overtake Tottenham if they win on the road against Brentford on Monday.
Notham Forest and Chelsea played out a 1-1 draw in another match. Ivorian Serge Aurier scored in 63 minutes for Forest, who played as a visitor, and Raheem Sterling scored 16 for Chelsea.
Forest’s impressive performance was overshadowed by alleged homophobic chants by some home fans against the visitors. Chelsea’s official LBTQ+ supporters group said in a tweet near the end of the first half that it “strongly condemns” the shouting heard during the live broadcast of the match on Sky Sports.
Forest said in a statement shortly after the game: “The club is aware of reports of chants directed at Chelsea fans from a minority of supporters tonight and does not condone any form of discriminatory or offensive behaviour. The matter will be investigated.” ”
With the victory for Villa, Emery extended his unbeaten record against Tottenham to four games.
Tottenham were booed by the return of World Cup finalists Cristian Romero of Everything and Argentina and Lloris, but Sweden’s Dejan Kulusevski became an unavailable player for Conte due to a minor muscle injury.
Fran Lloris and Argentine hero Emiliano Martinez, both goalkeepers who played in the final in Qatar, were to face each other again. However, Lloris started and Martínez was on the bench.
The visitors made a bright start and Ollie Watkins almost gave Villa the lead with a drop down the left, but the striker flicked his shot wide from 14 metres.
It was no sign of what was to come after a lackluster first half that featured as many shots as yellow cards.
Three Tottenham defenders were booked in nine minutes and Ben Davies was lucky in an outing in which he brought down Ashley Young.
Despite going into the break goalless, Tottenham continued their lackluster play five minutes into the second period.
Lloris made a mistake in his first match since the World Cup final, and Buendia took advantage.
Luiz took the shot and the ball was not controlled by Lloris; Watkins got excited and sent it on to Buendia, who scored from close range after 50 minutes for not being part of the Argentina team that won the championship in Qatar.
Frenchman Boubacar Kamara snatched the ball away from Spurs and John McGinn exchanged passes with Luiz, who scored in the 73rd minute, as the home fans chanted against Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy.
On Saturday, Arsenal extended their league lead to seven points with a 4-2 win over Brighton, while nearest rivals Manchester City and Newcastle dropped points.