The in-form Andros Townsend put Spurs ahead in the 31st minute at Villa Park when his cross found the back of the net.
And Roberto Soldado wrapped up the win in the 69th minute to move the north Londoners to within three points of early pace-setters Arsenal.
The only Premier League game of the day prompted a flurry of activity on Twitter, and here are our favourite updates, in chronological order.
Lord Sugar (@Lord_Sugar) updates his followers as Townsend gives the visitors the lead: “Townsend fluke goal 1-0 Spurs”
Hull City defender Curtis Davies (@TheCurtisDavies) praises the in-form winger: “@andros_townsend at it again!”
Manchester City’s Micah Richards (@MicahRichards) is impressed by the pace duo on show: “Who’d win in a race!!!! Agbonlahor or walker???? #pace”
Former Norwich City man Darren Huckerby (@hucks6dh6) questions the state of Sky’s equipment: “Is it me or does someone needs to get some Mr Sheen on the sky cameras ? #GlareInHell”
Sky Sports pundit Chris Kamara (@chris_kammy) chimes in: “Andros flying for Spurs this aft, half time & leading 1-0”
Richards (@MicahRichards) singles out Fabian Delph for special praise: “Fabian Delph is class!”
His team-mate Joleon Lescott (@JoleonLescott) agrees: “@MicahRichards can’t be far from the Eng squad for me bruv”
And Richards (@MicahRichards) adds: “@JoleonLescott i agree! Played class against us as well!”
Former Liverpool man Dietmar Hamann (@DietmarHamann) praises the Tottenham captain: “Dawson has been immense for Spurs today so far.”
Ex-England cricket captain Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) is not impressed by substitute Aaron Lennon’s behaviour: “I don’t get players that bless themselves as they come on the pitch then within 10 seconds are swearing to the ref..!!!! #Aaron”
Former Liverpool striker Stan Collymore (@StanCollymore) gives us his thoughts: “Matter of time before AvB will find a blend that will give a top side a gubbing. Not yet, but it will come.”
As free agent Jody Morris (@morriskid) points to some recent transformations of fortunes: “Confidence is everything in football..only need to look at how everyone is saying Townsend is the new superstar (after 9 loan clubs). And in the space of 3/4 months the transformation in form of Aaron Ramsey”
Lord Sugar (@Lord_Sugar) wanted to see Jermain Defoe come on earlier: “A bit late, Defoe now coming on. AVB not looking at his twitter feed often enough”
Davies (@TheCurtisDavies) is impressed by a robust Moussa Dembele robust challenge: “Dembele just showed Tonev a brick wall – didn’t know he had that #weights”
Ex-Spurs striker Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) gives us the post-match lowdown: “AVB may be searching for his best formation and easing the new signings in, but Spurs are still only 3 points from the top. A good effort.”
Tottenham winger Lewis Holtby (@LewisHoltby) is delighted by the result: “Aaaaavvvveeee it!!!;-) Hardworking win..Happy for my first prem start this season! COYS… Have a nice Weekend;-)”
And finally, out-of-favour Spurs striker Emmanuel Adebayor (@E_Adebayor) praises his team-mates: “Great result today. Moving up the table. Now we need to work hard for Thursday. Hope you had a great weekend guys. COYS”
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