By George Cole - Fansonline Reporter
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Gerard Houllier’s unbeaten start in his new job was has ended after losing 2-1 to Tottenham. Aston Villa had initially got in front thanks to Albrighton, but Van der Vaart’s double ended Houiller’s teams recent run of form.
Villa had started the better team, and the golden oldie Heskey has been a huge threat, and eventually set up the Villa goal on 16 minutes.
Heskey was forced off in the 35th minute, and then Villa looked a different team. Spurs dominated and in the third minute of first half injury time, Vaart headed home his third in three games.
With spurs dominating it was only a matter of time before they got their winner. It came in the 75th minute with Vaart smashing home from 12 yards out.
Villa did have chances, with Carew and Albrighton missing good chances to score. Yet it would be Spurs talking all three points.
After the game Houiller seemed upbeat at the bright future Villa had ahead. He said: ‘We gave a good account of ourselves, at times we passed the ball extremely well. In terms of the quality of the play, the effort, the character, the players are really on the right track.’
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But on the whole Gerard was not happy with certain issues, one being the amount of added time. He said: ‘I was just not happy with the equaliser because the game had elapsed quite a long time after the two minutes that were indicated,’
Houllier explained: ‘But that's the referee; the law says it's a minimum of two minutes. He decided it was three minutes.’
Next game Villa have Chelsea, a game that Houiller will look at to try and prove a point that O’Neil has been and gone, he is the new man in charge.
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