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Benteke sees red and Kane seizes the moment for Spurs aganist Aston Villa

By Staff Reporter

They sang his name for almost an hour and when manager Mauricio Pochettino answered the call from Spurs fans and sent on Harry Kane, the young striker responded with a 90th-minute winner which left the Aston Villa manager, Paul Lambert, clinging to the wreckage of a season.

The good news for Villa was that they scored their first goal in nine hours and seven minutes of football; the bad was that they lost the game in the last six minutes to goals from Nacer Chadli and Kane after striker Christian Beneteke was sent off for slapping Ryan Mason in the face. It was their sixth straight defeat.

The pressure on Pochettino was almost as intense as that on Lambert before the game after two successive League defeats but, even in victory, there were questions as to why he left it so late to introduce Kane, who brought some energy and aggression to an otherwise tepid attack.

"He [Kane] made a big impact when he came on," said the Tottenham manager. "He scores goals in every competition and I'm happy for him.

Lambert was certain the sending off changed the course of the game. "I can't condone what Christian did but he was provoked [by Mason]," he said. "You cannot get away with raising your hands to an opponent but the lad has put his head in Christian's face. We didn't deserve to lose that."

Villa's long-awaited goal came when N'Zogbia skipped past Danny Rose's feeble challenge down the right and his cross was slid into the net by Weimann.

Spurs fans finally got their wish when Kane replaced the ineffective Adebayor in the 58th minute and the youngster immediately forced a corner and from the cross headed straight at Guzan.

Even with 10 men Villa were holding out comfortably until Spurs equalised in the 84th minute. Lamela's corner was hit behind the far post where an unmarked Chadli swept it into the net. Even worse was to follow for the home side, after Carlos Sanchez tripped Andros Townsend. Kane made sure the moment was his by whipping the free kick into the net via a huge deflection off Nathan Baker.

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