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Spurs edge up as Villa flops

TOTTENHAM'S 2-1 victory at Villa Park eased its relegation worries and helped north London neighbor Arsenal in the race for the fourth spot in next season's Champions League. Arsenal beat Blackburn 4-0 Saturday to climb into fourth and now is ahead of Villa on goal difference.

"We've been battling all season and we've no reason to give it up," Villa manager Martin O'Neill said. "We're still there. The players have done terrifically well. Now they've got to try and get over the disappointments that we've had in recent weeks and fight on until the end and I think we are capable of doing that."

When manager Harry Redknapp replaced the fired Juande Ramos, Spurs were last in the standings with only two points. Now it is up to 11th and six points clear of the relegation zone.

"We're playing well," Redknapp said. "To come to Villa, which is one of the most difficult places to come, and win is superb. Since I've been here we've lost one game at home out of 16. We took 33 points from 21 games, which is top seven form over the whole season."

Spurs took the lead after only five minutes. Aaron Lennon crossed from the right, Villa goalkeeper Brad Friedel could only get one hand to the ball and it came to Jermaine Jenas, who headed home.

Meanwhile, Manchester United defender Nemanja Vidic has been banned for two games following his sending-off during the 1-4 home defeat by Liverpool on Saturday.


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