Jol rues missed chances

Tottenham manager Martin Jol was left to reflect on a string of missed first-half opportunities as a late Gareth Barry goal earned Aston Villa a 1-1 draw to protect their unbeaten record.

Tottenham manager Martin Jol was left to reflect on a string of missed first-half opportunities as a late Gareth Barry goal earned Aston Villa a 1-1 draw to protect their unbeaten record.

Tottenham dominated the opening 45 minutes but poor finishing and several fine saves by Stuart Taylor kept the home side in the hunt.

The visitors finally went ahead through an own goal by Juan Pablo Angel - just 90 seconds after he had missed a penalty in an incident which saw Spurs defender Calum Davenport sent off.

But Barry extended Villa's run without defeat to eight games with a rocket shot after producing another man of the match performance.

Jol said: "In the first half we controlled play and we should have scored. We didn't and we were left with that awkward feeling again.

"We did well against Liverpool and Manchester United in a similar way but we have to start putting the ball in the net.

"The second half was totally different. We had to reorganise twice at the back with Michael Dawson going off injured and Calum Davenport being sent off.

"They put us under pressure and we could have lost in the end but overall I can live with a point and that opening 45 minutes we looked a decent team again."

Jol felt the spot kick awarded by referee Martin Atkinson was harsh with Davenport being red-carded for bringing down Villa striker Gabriel Agbonlahor.

He said: "It was difficult for the referee to make a decision but you can see on television that it was no penalty."

Aston Villa manager Martin O'Neill will consider whether to relieve Angel of his penalty duties. The Colombian also had a spot-kick saved in the Carling Cup tie with Scunthorpe, although he netted from the rebound.

O'Neill said: "The missing of the penalty was bad enough but then he puts the ball in his own net straight after. It is 90 seconds Juan will want to forget.

"Will he take the next penalty? We will have to think about that one."

O'Neill admitted his side only started to fire on all cylinders once they had gone behind with just under a quarter of an hour remaining.

He said: "Tottenham were the better side in the first half when we didn't get enough momentum going. We didn't play well enough until we went behind.

"From that moment on we were stirred into playing some of the football we have been showing this season and Gareth Barry scored a fantastic goal.

"We had more chances in the last 12 to 15 minutes than we had in the rest of the game but I'm delighted because we could have packed it in for the day after going behind but we kept going."

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