Tottenham fail to take advantage at Villa Park

Tottenham have failed to move into third place in the Premier League, but kept their top four hopes alive with a 1-1 draw against Aston Villa on Sunday.

Ciaran Clark opened the scoring in the first half for the hosts, before things went from bad to worse when Danny Rose was sent off for the visitors at the start of the second 45.

However Emmanuel Adebayor equalised from the penalty spot and Spurs dominated the remainder of the game without scoring a winner.

Harry Redknapp was happy to fight back after going 1-0 down, and feels that his side were unlucky not to leave Villa Park with all three points.

“I mean today, we needed to win today and it would have guaranteed fourth place going into next week’s game knowing that if we won, we’d have finished third,” he told Sky Sports.

“But, it was a tough game. Villa showed that they’re scrapping for that extra point to keep them in the division and they got it.

“Then, second half, getting Danny (Rose) sent off, you know, we’re down to 10 men and one-nil down five minutes into the second half you’re in trouble, but we responded unbelievable and for the following 40 minutes we camped in their half.

‚ÄúThere was only going to be one winner. We got a goal back and then just couldn’t get the second one,” he confessed.

Spurs are still in fourth, a point behind Arsenal but a point ahead of Newcastle going into the last weekend.

By Gareth McKnight