PHOTO: Why Spurs have Andros Townsend to thank for Villa win

Andros Townsend appears to be the man who convinced Erik Lamela to allow Harry Kane to take the match-winning free-kick against Aston Villa.

Tottenham Hotspur's Andros Townsend's cameo appearance off the substitutes' bench against Aston Villa may be most notable for the action he made whilst the ball was dead rather than during play.

Although it was Towsend's run which earned Tottenham the match-winning free-kick, he also seemingly knew of Harry Kane's quality from those type of situations.

Kane and Erik Lamela appeared to be in discussion over who should take the late late free-kick, and it seems that Townsend had the final word in the matter.

He put his arm out to stop Lamela trying to grab the ball away from Kane and Spurs supporters will be delighted that he did.

In the end, Kane took the set-piece and, via a deflection, he smashed the ball into the back of the net to complete Tottenham's come-from-behind victory. 

It was a vital goal for the side, which puts them back into the top-half of the Premier League table, and Townsend deserves some credit for the part he played - even if it wasn't as noticeable as others' influences. 

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