The Spaniard nets the striker’s first league goal from open play.
When Tottenham Hotspur signed Roberto Soldado for £26m from Valencia in the summer, fans of the club thought the striking problems they had last term were gone.
Then when the 28-year-old netted both goals in successive 1-0 victories over Crystal Palace and Swansea City, things were really looking good for the forward.
Yet goals then dried up for Soldado and five Premier League matches came and went without the Spain international even looking like scoring.
With both of those previous strikes coming from the penalty spot, Spurs supporters suddenly thought their star man was in fact a shadow of the goal machine at the Mestalla Stadium.
Just when all hope was lost, the Spaniard popped up against Aston Villa and back-heels in Soldado’s third league goal and first from open play.
Tottenham fans on Twitter showed a mix of relief and praise as the attacker finally found that seemingly elusive net.
Never wanted someone to score so much #soldado
— elle sarno (@lthfc) October 20, 2013
Little half chances around the box and Bob is your man for the job #Soldado
— Phil (@Tottenham70) October 20, 2013
That just proves, if you give him chances he will score! The lad is a finisher! #Soldado
— Matthew Cordell (@chubbyyid) October 20, 2013
Goal and assist where you at haters?#Soldado
— Erik Lamela (@oliverrussell03) October 20, 2013