Tottenham ace Dele Alli added a second goal for his side as they took a commanding 2-0 lead over Aston Villa into the half-time break as he struck with this wonderful effort just moments before the whistle.
The 19-year-old has established himself as an important part of Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino’s plans this season, and he capped off an impressive first-half performance with a well-taken goal.
Along with Eric Dier, the pair have won the midfield battle against the visitors with the likes of Carlos Sanchez and Ashley Westwood coming off second best while the latter was forced off with an injury prior to the break.
Nevertheless, Alli combined that defensive coverage with being an offensive threat and found himself in space on the edge of the box before producing a composed finish.
Pochettino will undoubtedly be delighted with the talented youngster’s contribution, as aside from his control and strike, his awareness and ability to break forward will draw praise from his boss.
In contrast, it was a frustrating opening 45 minutes for the visitors, with new boss Remi Garde watching on from the stands.
The French tactician would have been disappointed with Ciaran Clark’s defending in the build-up to Mousa Dembele’s opener, while his side have failed to emerge as an attacking threat which in turn has led to a comfortable night’s work so far for Spurs.
Whether or not Villa are able to become a more dangerous unit under Garde remains to be seen, but Tottenham deserved their lead and will hope to continue to dictate the tempo and possession in midfield which is proving to be key to their success.