Dean Smith chose Son Heung-min as the “outstanding” player after Aston Villa lost to Tottenham 2-1.
After losing three games in a row in the Premier League, 20 minutes later with a first-half strike by Piemil Hoybjerg and an own goal by Matt Targett, the Spurs were able to win the long-awaited victory. Own goals were achieved just minutes after Ollie Watkins raised the expectations of Villa fans with an equalizer.
His son assisted the opener, helped set up the winner, and although it was the target who finished the ball before it crossed the line, he chose Lucas Moura in a distant post.
“Honestly, I thought it was a really messy game,” Smith later said. “I don’t think either team controlled it … we’ll win [the ball] And give it back to them, they win it and give it back to us, it was a game of that kind.
“We were a little nervous in the middle of the first half and they achieved their goals during that period.
“I thought the second half really got off to a good start. I talked about switching plays earlier, but I just got paid for a well-worked goal.
“Sometimes the game varies from player to player, and today they had a good player on his son’s pitch, and it won the game for them for me.”
Asked for his thoughts on his son’s performance, Spurs Boss Nuno Espírito Santo was keen to emphasize that the victory was a collective effort.
“All players are very important,” he said. “All players, not just Sonny, played a good match.
“The team worked very well. Of course, Sonny, how he moved the team forward, and how he balanced the one-on-one situation was very important, but overall, throughout the team. , There were many good personal performances. “
Nuno also praised his side for their reaction to Watkins’ equalizer and explained their reaction to admitting that it was “much, much better” than the recent defeat.
“This is an improvement over the previous game,” he said. “The reaction was really, really good.”