Aston Villa up to fourth after win at Tottenham

Other News Materials 16 September 2008 03:37 (UTC +04:00)

Aston Villa moved up to fourth in the English Premier League after they won 2-1 Monday at bottom side Tottenham Hotspur.

Nigel Reo-Coker and Ashley Young put the visitors up 2-0, and Darren Bent's late goal was no more than a consolation.

The win moved Villa onto seven points, ahead of Hull City on goal difference, while Spurs have now made their worst-ever start to a Premier League season.

"I thought it was sensational," Villa manager Martin O'Neill said.

"The first-half performance was unbelievable. We can attack, can score goals and are a delight to watch when on form like that. In the second half we got a bit tired, but we deserved to win the game. I thought we were exceptional."

Villa needed just four minutes to go ahead as a Gabriel Agbonlahor cross made its way through to Reo-Coker, who put the ball home.

Young widened the lead nine minutes into the second half when Spurs goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes made a shocking mistake to let the shot slip under his body.

Bent scored three minutes from time, but his goal was too little, too late, and assistant manager Gus Poyet admitted that Spurs had been second-best throughout.

"We came here to try to put on a good performance," Poyet said.

"We started quite brightly, and the first shot was a goal against. I thought we tried hard - there is nothing to complain about the players' attitude."