Tottenham's Gareth Bale hit a second-half hat-trick as Aston Villa suffered a second successive heavy defeat.

Villa, who on Sunday were beaten 8-0 at Chelsea in their worst ever Premier League loss, had little possession but somehow kept Spurs out up to half-time.

But Kyle Naughton found Jermain Defoe to stroke in the opener from 10 yards.

Bale ghosted through on the break for the second, then drilled home an Aaron Lennon pass, and completed his treble after Gylfi Sigurdsson's cut-back.

Lambert defends 'young' Villa side

After such a capitulation at Stamford Bridge last weekend there was great interest in how Villa's inexperienced young team, who had fashioned a 3-1 victory at Liverpool the week before, would cope with Tottenham's array of attacking talent.

Having been frustrated by a stalemate with Stoke last week, Spurs may have feared losing further ground in the quest for Champions League qualification, but their slick passing eventually clicked into gear as they moved back into the top four on goal difference with their biggest league win under Andre Villas-Boas.

Villa manager Paul Lambert made three changes from the team chastened at Chelsea, although the three central defenders from that rout were retained.

From the outset the home side sat back, their two wing backs rarely venturing forward and often forming a blanket of five camped in formation around their penalty area.

Stroking the ball around nonchalantly as if in a practice game, Spurs forced 15 corners by half-time, only five short of the record for an entire Premier League match, set by Portsmouth against Fulham in 2006.

Tottenham on their travels

Spurs remain the only team to score in every away match in the Premier League this season

Despite their dominance, however, the closest Spurs came to breaking the deadlock in the opening period was from two long range Bale drives, smartly kept out by the stoic Brad Guzan.

The American also rushed out of his goal to block Defoe's shot on the one occasion the diminutive poacher got in behind the Villa defence.

The home side introduced Marc Albrighton at the break and hinted at greater ambition, but their decision to revert to a flat back four proved more to Tottenham's liking.

Naughton found space 30 yards out and slid a perfect first-time through ball to Defoe, who placed his shot with the outside of the boot between Guzan's legs for his 10th league goal of the season.

At the other end Christian Benteke had an excellent opportunity to fashion an equaliser but with two players well-placed in the box he picked out a Spurs defender and the trademark Tottenham counter-attack that followed effectively killed off the contest.

Villas-Boas praises 'influential' Bale

Bale demonstrated both pace and poise, rounding Guzan and flicking into the net with his left foot from eight yards.

As Villa wilted again, Bale provided more ruthless finishing, finding the bottom corner after neat interplay from substitute Scott Parker, Kyle Walker and Lennon.

When Walker played an inviting pass for Sigurdsson on the right, Bale was again in the right place for the cross, and the 23-year-old Welshman lashed the ball emphatically past Guzan to record his first hat-trick in the top flight as Villa equalled an ignominious Premier League record of conceding 12 goals in two matches.

Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert:

"I'm not surprised by anything in football.

"Things can happen. You know it can happen, especially when you are playing one of the top sides."

Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas:

"It was very good from start to finish. We fully deserved it.

"It didn't happen for us in the first half but we kept our concentration and came on very strong in the second half.

"If one team was going to win it, it was us and overall it was a very good performance."

Lineup, Bookings (1) & Substitutions (5)

Aston Villa

  • 22 Guzan
  • 06 Clark
  • 27 Bennett
  • 32 Baker (Ireland - 45' )
  • 34 Lowton
  • 08 El Ahmadi
  • 15 Westwood (Albrighton - 46' )
  • 16 Delph Booked
  • 31 Herd
  • 14 Holman
  • 20 Benteke

Substitutes

  • 01 Given
  • 30 Lichaj
  • 07 Ireland
  • 12 Albrighton
  • 25 Bannan
  • 40 Carruthers
  • 21 Bowery

Tottenham

  • 25 Lloris
  • 05 Vertonghen
  • 13 Gallas
  • 16 Naughton
  • 28 Walker
  • 07 Lennon
  • 11 Bale (Townsend - 85' )
  • 30 Sandro
  • 10 Adebayor (Sigurdsson - 79' )
  • 18 Defoe
  • 19 Dembele (Parker - 66' )

Substitutes

  • 24 Friedel
  • 20 Dawson
  • 33 Caulker
  • 08 Parker
  • 22 Sigurdsson
  • 29 Livermore
  • 31 Townsend
Ref: Clattenburg
Att: 36,863

Match Stats

Shots

4 20

On target

1 16

Corners

2 16

Fouls

11 7

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +3:27 Full time

Full Time The match has reached full-time.

90:00 +2:42

The ball is sent over by Matthew Lowton.

90:00 +0:18

The ball is sent over by Marc Albrighton, Kyle Naughton gets a block in.

89:35

Shot by Gylfi Sigurdsson from outside the area goes high over the crossbar.

86:50

Marc Albrighton takes a shot. Hugo Lloris makes a save.

85:34

The ball is crossed by Marc Albrighton.

83:25 Substitution

Substitution Andros Townsend on for Gareth Bale.

83:25

Assist by Gylfi Sigurdsson.

83:25 Goal scored

Goal! - Gareth Bale - A Villa 0 - 4 Tottenham Gareth Bale finds the net with a goal from inside the area high into the middle of the goal. Aston Villa 0-4 Tottenham.

82:31

The ball is sent over by Gareth Bale, Ciaran Clark makes a clearance.

81:24

Unfair challenge on Fabian Delph by Gylfi Sigurdsson results in a free kick. Centre by Marc Albrighton, Christian Benteke takes a shot. Comfortable save by Hugo Lloris.

78:38

Joe Bennett restarts play with the free kick.

78:38 Substitution

Substitution (Tottenham) makes a substitution, with Gylfi Sigurdsson coming on for Emmanuel Adebayor.

78:38

Kyle Walker concedes a free kick for a foul on Brett Holman.

75:31

Gareth Bale crosses the ball, Chris Herd makes a clearance.

74:55

Shot from inside the area by Jermain Defoe clears the bar.

72:11

Assist by Aaron Lennon.

72:11 Goal scored

Goal! - Gareth Bale - A Villa 0 - 3 Tottenham Gareth Bale finds the net with a goal from inside the penalty box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Aston Villa 0-3 Tottenham.

71:11

Gareth Bale produces a cross, clearance made by Chris Herd.

70:30

Marc Albrighton produces a cross, Jan Vertonghen makes a clearance.

69:44

Emmanuel Adebayor challenges Fabian Delph unfairly and gives away a free kick. Fabian Delph takes the free kick.

68:32

Kyle Walker restarts play with the free kick.

68:32 Booking

Booking The referee cautions Fabian Delph for unsporting behaviour.

68:26

Fabian Delph gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Gareth Bale.

67:30

Centre by Stephen Ireland. Corner taken right-footed by Marc Albrighton to the near post, Gareth Bale manages to make a clearance.

65:54 Substitution

Substitution (Tottenham) makes a substitution, with Scott Parker coming on for Mousa Dembele.

62:58

Ciaran Clark gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Aaron Lennon. Strike comes in from Gareth Bale from the free kick.

60:26 Goal scored

Goal! - Gareth Bale - A Villa 0 - 2 Tottenham Gareth Bale finds the net with a goal from close in low into the middle of the goal. Aston Villa 0-2 Tottenham.

58:37

The ball is delivered by Brett Holman.

56:59

The assist for the goal came from Kyle Naughton.

56:59 Goal scored

Goal! - Jermain Defoe - A Villa 0 - 1 Tottenham Jermain Defoe fires in a goal from close range to the bottom right corner of the goal. Aston Villa 0-1 Tottenham.

54:56

Stephen Ireland sends in a cross. The referee blows for offside. Indirect free kick taken by Hugo Lloris.

54:04

The assistant referee signals for offside against Christian Benteke. Indirect free kick taken by Jan Vertonghen.

52:16

Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Kyle Walker, Christian Benteke manages to make a clearance.

50:31

Unfair challenge on Ciaran Clark by Emmanuel Adebayor results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Karim El Ahmadi.

48:16

Free kick awarded for a foul by Brett Holman on Kyle Walker. Mousa Dembele takes the direct free kick. Free kick awarded for a foul by Mousa Dembele on Karim El Ahmadi. Free kick taken by Fabian Delph. Karim El Ahmadi concedes a free kick for a foul on Raniere Sandro. Jan Vertonghen restarts play with the free kick.

46:22

Matthew Lowton has an effort at goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the left-hand post.

45:44

Marc Albrighton produces a cross, William Gallas makes a clearance.

45:30

Marc Albrighton sends in a cross, blocked by Kyle Naughton.

45:21

Marc Albrighton sends in a cross, clearance by William Gallas.

45:01

The second half kicks off.

45:01 Substitution

Substitution (Aston Villa) makes a substitution, with Marc Albrighton coming on for Ashley Westwood.

45:00 +3:09 Half time

Half Time The referee blows for half time.

45:00 +2:36

Inswinging corner taken by Ashley Westwood from the left by-line, save by Hugo Lloris.

45:00 +2:24

Centre by Joe Bennett, blocked by Mousa Dembele.

45:00 +1:18

The referee blows for offside against Brett Holman. Raniere Sandro restarts play with the free kick.

44:31

Free kick crossed left-footed by Gareth Bale.

44:31 Substitution

Substitution Stephen Ireland joins the action as a substitute, replacing Nathan Baker.

44:31

Free kick awarded for a foul by Matthew Lowton on Kyle Naughton.

43:36

Christian Benteke is ruled offside. William Gallas takes the free kick.

41:22

The ball is crossed by Kyle Walker, blocked by Nathan Baker. Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Gareth Bale, Emmanuel Adebayor produces a header from close range which goes wide of the left-hand post.

40:00

Shot by Gareth Bale. Save by Bradley Guzan. Kyle Naughton takes a short corner.

39:22

Kyle Walker sends in a cross, Ashley Westwood gets a block in.

38:58

A cross is delivered by Gareth Bale, clearance by Fabian Delph.

37:23

Karim El Ahmadi gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Aaron Lennon. Gareth Bale delivers the ball from the free kick left-footed from right channel, save made by Bradley Guzan.

36:56

Brett Holman handles the ball and concedes a free kick. Free kick taken by William Gallas.

35:31

Corner taken by Gareth Bale, Aaron Lennon takes a shot. Ciaran Clark gets a block in. Corner taken left-footed by Gareth Bale from the right by-line, Close range headed effort by Jan Vertonghen misses to the right of the goal.

35:16

Gareth Bale crosses the ball, clearance by Ashley Westwood.

34:33

Matthew Lowton crosses the ball, Brett Holman produces a left-footed shot from close range that goes over the bar.

33:34

Gareth Bale crosses the ball, Emmanuel Adebayor takes a shot. Blocked by Nathan Baker. Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Gareth Bale from the left by-line.

32:28

The official flags Emmanuel Adebayor offside. Bradley Guzan restarts play with the free kick.

30:33

A cross is delivered by Raniere Sandro, Matthew Lowton manages to make a clearance. Corner taken left-footed by Gareth Bale, Emmanuel Adebayor takes a shot. Save made by Bradley Guzan.

29:06

The ball is crossed by Ashley Westwood. Joe Bennett delivers the ball.

24:46

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Mousa Dembele by Matthew Lowton. Direct free kick taken by Kyle Naughton.

23:59

Corner taken right-footed by Kyle Walker.

23:44

Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Gareth Bale from the left by-line.

23:21

Jermain Defoe produces a lobbed right-footed shot from 6 yards. Bradley Guzan makes a save.

22:08

The ball is delivered by Aaron Lennon, clearance made by Chris Herd. Kyle Walker takes a outswinging corner from the right by-line played to the near post, William Gallas takes a shot. Save made by Bradley Guzan.

18:46

A cross is delivered by Gareth Bale, save by Bradley Guzan.

17:44

Emmanuel Adebayor challenges Nathan Baker unfairly and gives away a free kick. Nathan Baker takes the free kick.

17:08

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Joe Bennett by Aaron Lennon. Free kick taken by Bradley Guzan.

15:32

Kyle Walker takes a inswinging corner from the left by-line played to the near post, Chris Herd makes a clearance.

15:17

A cross is delivered by Gareth Bale, Matthew Lowton gets a block in.

12:49

Inswinging corner taken by Kyle Walker from the left by-line, Ciaran Clark manages to make a clearance.

12:39

Free kick awarded for a foul by Karim El Ahmadi on Mousa Dembele. Mousa Dembele restarts play with the free kick.

11:22

Foul by Ashley Westwood on Jermain Defoe, free kick awarded. Free kick crossed right-footed by Kyle Walker, clearance by Ciaran Clark.

9:24

Gareth Bale delivers the ball, Ciaran Clark manages to make a clearance. Kyle Walker has shot on goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the right-hand upright. Kyle Walker takes a outswinging corner. Jermain Defoe takes a shot. Blocked by Ashley Westwood. Gareth Bale takes a shot. Save by Bradley Guzan. Corner taken by Kyle Walker played to the near post, Christian Benteke manages to make a clearance.

5:40

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jermain Defoe by Chris Herd. Direct strike on goal from the free kick comes in from Gareth Bale. Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Kyle Walker.

5:19

Kyle Walker takes a shot. Ciaran Clark gets a block in.

4:59

Gareth Bale produces a cross, Fabian Delph gets a block in.

3:23

Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Kyle Walker played to the near post.

3:06

Gareth Bale produces a cross, Ciaran Clark manages to make a clearance.

2:06

Unfair challenge on William Gallas by Fabian Delph results in a free kick. Jan Vertonghen takes the direct free kick.

1:32

Kyle Naughton produces a cross, Joe Bennett manages to make a clearance.

0:00

The game begins.

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