LONDON — Andros Townsend capped an unforgettable week by setting Tottenham Hotspur on their way to a 2-0 victory at Aston Villa in the Barclays Premier League, yesterday.
The winger, who stole the show in England’s decisive World Cup double-header against Montenegro and Poland, was rewarded with a new four-year contract on Friday.
Following an opening half-hour short on real chances, Townsend put Tottenham ahead at Villa Park in admittedly fortunate circumstances.
Townsend whipped in a cross from the right flank which was missed by teammates Lewis Holtby and Roberto Soldado before creeping inside the far post.
He almost scored a second before half-time, but was denied by a smart save from Brad Guzan, who also got down well to keep out Paulinho’s volley just after the break.
Paulinho was involved in Spurs’ second goal on 69 minutes when the Brazilian midfielder cushioned the ball into the path of Soldado, who took a touch before placing his shot past Guzan for his first Premier League goal in open play since his summer move from Valencia.