Full-time: Tottenham 2-0 Aston Villa

  • Second-half efforts from Ben Davies and Heung-Min Son secure victory for Tottenham in a battle between two of the FA Cup's historically most successful clubs at White Hart Lane
  • Eight-time winners Spurs, showing nine changes from the side that denied Chelsea a 14th successive Premier League win on Monday, struggle to create any chances during a dire first 45 minutes before being energised by the introduction of substitutes Dele Alli and Georges-Kevin Nkoudou
  • Nkoudou supplies the cross for Davies to smartly head home his first goal in 69 Tottenham appearances
  • Son seals round-four berth with a sweeping finish 10 minutes from time after good interplay between Kieran Trippier and Moussa Sissoko
  • Tottenham's sixth straight victory means they remain unbeaten at home in 2016-17, while low-scoring Villa have won just two of their last 35 away matches across all competitions
  • Earlier: Liverpool 0-0 Plymouth, Chelsea 4-1 Peterborough
Ben Davies
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That is it for IBTimes UK's live coverage of the FA Cup third round, but be sure to join us tomorrow night for the fourth round draw.

That is due to take place before the final tie of the round between Cambridge United and Leeds at the Abbey Stadium.

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A comfortable afternoon's work for Tottenham. They struggled woefully to convert possession into chances during a thoroughly tedious first 45 minutes, but the respective second-half introductions of Alli and Nkoudou helped immensely.

They are safely into the hat for the fourth round and now switch their attentions back to the Premier League with a home clash against West Brom on Saturday.

Heung-Min Son and Ben Davies
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Villa were not disgraced and, marshalled by Johnstone, displayed no shortage of defensive resilience for 70 minutes or so. However, they may regret not giving it a bit more of a go in terms of committing numbers forward and attempting to create chances.

Bruce's side will now try to reduce that seven-point gap to the Championship's top six this weekend with a Midlands derby at Molineux against a Wolves side led by former manager Paul Lambert.



Tottenham 2-0 Aston Villa


Onomah strides through the challenge of Baker and plays in Son to his right. He looks odds on to notch a second goal, but a slightly hesitant first touch allows Johnstone to close down the angle.

Despite failing to keep a clean clean sheet, the Manchester United 'keeper has largely impressed on his Villa debut.


Three minutes of added time have been signalled by the fourth official.

Villa win another late free-kick after Tshibola is fouled by Onomah. Grealish looks like he wants to take it but the wasteful McCormack ends up powering his latest attempt into the wall.


Grealish forces a free-kick from Carter-Vickers. A poor day for Villa is summed up by a McCormack effort that sails harmlessly over the crossbar.


Spurs push hard for a third, but Onomah is unable to convert Nkoudou's dangerous low ball across the six-yard box.

Johnstone also throws out a foot at the near post to block Alli's close-range effort.


Having set up that second goal, Sissoko is replaced by Josh Onomah.


Spurs make sure of their place in the fourth round. After a switch of play from Nkoudou, Amavi fails to prevent a decent exchange of passes from Trippier and Sissoko.

The latter gets his head up and cuts the ball back for Son to emphatically sweep home.

Heung-Min Son
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Heung-Min Son and Moussa Sissoko
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Goal: Tottenham 2-0 Aston Villa (Heung-Min Son)


Sissoko gets behind the Villa backline all too easily but fails to wrap up victory for Tottenham as Johnstone makes an impressive one-handed save at his near post.


Trippier stays down for a moment after what looked like a possible clash of knees.

Bruce responds to that Davies goal by making a triple substitution with 15 minutes remaining. Young duo Green and Davis, the latter making his senior debut, replace Adomah and Jedinak.

McCormack also comes on for Agbonlahor.


Tottenham continue to press and earn themselves another corner. Dier also drives a disappointing free-kick straight into the wall.


An immediate impact from Nkoudou, who produces an inviting left-wing cross that Davies glances into the bottom right-hand corner with a difficult backwards header. Great technique.

That is his very first goal in 69 appearances for Tottenham. Pochettino's side have one foot in the fourth round.

Ben Davies


Goal: Tottenham 1-0 Aston Villa (Ben Davies)


Pochettino's first change sees Alderweireld withdrawn in favour of Georges-Kevin Nkoudou.

Not one to lack confidence in his own ability, Grealish tries to catch Vorm out with a free-kick from near the halfway line. That was an ambitious attempt to say the least.


Sissoko spearheads a swift Tottenham counter-attack. He lays the ball off for Davies, whose pacy low cross evades everyone.

Alli then cuts in from the left wing and tees up Winks for a powerful shot that takes a big deflection off Amavi before being plucked out of the air nicely by Johnstone.


Grealish again targets his free-kick towards the back-post run of Hutton. Carter-Vickers makes a terrific challenge to deny Chester and Alderweireld blocks a close-range shot from Agbonlahor.

Committed defending.

Cameron Carter-Vickers
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Trippier's corner is crucially headed away from Alderweireld by Baker, who looks to have hurt his back during a heavy landing. Johnstone also appeared to be in a bit of discomfort after denying Son.

Tottenham's latest attack ends with Carter-Vickers heading well wide.


Alli gets involved quickly and Carter-Vickers heads away from Tshibola after fine work from Adomah.

At the other end, Son turns and races past Baker before producing a flying diving save from Johnstone.


Trippier is unable to keep the ball in play after a successful tackle and that paves the way for Alli's introduction on the 60-minute mark.

Janssen is the man to make way. It just has not happened at Tottenham for last season's Eredivisie top scorer since his £17m summer move from AZ Alkmaar.


A determined Baker sticks to Janssen like glue and ensures that his header from a Trippier corner goes wide.


"We've got Alli" rings around the stadium. No prizes for guessing which Tottenham favourite is currently preparing to enter the fray.