Aston Villa fans react to Benteke's display against Tottenham - "Let the team down!"

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Aston Villa lost to a late Harry Kane free kick against Tottenham, but Christian Benteke had a big impact on the game.

How quickly things can change in football. Aston Villa were the talk of the Premier League in the first few weeks of the season after three wins from the first four games, including a 1-0 win over Liverpool at Anfield in September.

That now feels like a long time ago, as defeats to Arsenal, Manchester City, Chelsea, Everton and QPR have followed, with the Villains not even scoring one goal in that time.

Reeling after the dismal defeat to QPR, Villa needed a response as Tottenham came to Villa Park, enduring a tough run of results themselves.

Things got off to a great start with Andreas Weimann handing Villa the lead on 16 minutes, but the sending off of striker Christian Benteke just after the hour mark swung the game in Spurs' favour.

Late goals from Nacer Chadli and Harry Kane gave Tottenham the win, but there can be little doubting that the Belgian's dismissal turned the game.

Benteke, 23, has only just returned from a long injury lay-off, and had impressed in the first half, but fans were quick to point out how his moment of madness in the second half - slapping Spurs midfielder Ryan Mason - cost his side the game.

Supporters were vocal on the matter on Twitter, with comments during the game praising Benteke's influence, but after the game, there was plenty of criticism.

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