Another draw - but it could have been worse for Villa
By Villa reporter
Saturday 28 Nov 2009 21:36:00
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Villa once again failed to turn a lead into a win – and had to settle for a point against Spurs when three would have put them level on points with Harry Redknapp’s team.

Gabby Agbonlahor put Villa into an early lead and it looked like they would hold on for the victory despite a strong second half showing from Spurs, but Villa’s resolve was broken 12 minutes from time by Michael Dawson.

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Frustratingly, this was Villa’s fifth draw in 14 games – and even if wo of those had ended in wins, as they undoubtedly should have done, they would now be sitting in third place.

Nigel Reo-Coker came into the side for Steve Sidwell while Habib Beye came in for sick Stephen Warnock, Luke Young switching to the opposite flank.

On nine minutes Agbonlahor put Villa ahead. James Milner's corner was headed by Carlos Cuellar. His effort was blocked but Agbonlahor poked it in.

Agbonlahor had one chance to make it 2-0 but Spurs did their share of attacking too.

Jermain Defoe had the ball in the net in the second half but he was adjudged to have handled by referee Phil Dowd.

But Spurs got one that did count after 78 minutes, when Dawson fired an unstoppable shot past Friedel from the edge of the area. In the end, many Villans will have gone home thinking at least Spurs didn't take the chances that could have won it for them.

Next up in the league are Hull, who visit Villa Park next weekend – and that’s one game which must not finish all square if Martin O’Neill’s men are serious about pushing for a top-four spot.

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