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Aston Villa's assistant manager Roy Keane during the Barclays Premier League match at The Britannia Stadium, Stoke. Picture: Lynne Cameron/PA Wire.

Aston Villa's assistant manager Roy Keane during the Barclays Premier League match at The Britannia Stadium, Stoke. Picture: Lynne Cameron/PA Wire.

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Aston Villa's assistant manager Roy Keane during the Barclays Premier League match at The Britannia Stadium, Stoke. Picture: Lynne Cameron/PA Wire.

ASTON Villa's management team of Paul Lambert and Roy Keane have moved closer to the brink on the back of their latest Villa Park disaster.

And with six successive defeats on their record, the worst run in the club's history, the Lambert/Keane team is under severe pressure and with just one game before the international break, away to West Ham next Saturday, the chances of Keane still being in his Villa post when he returns from Ireland duty are looking slim if they lose to the Hammers.

Lambert, who again left Ireland prospect Jack Grealish on the bench, came under more fire after a 2-1 loss at home to Tottenham. Villa had been leading 1-0 but Lambert later claimed that a harsh red card for Christian Benteke turned the game on its head.

"I don't condone what Christian did, but my daughter could throw a harder forearm that that," said Lambert, claiming that his player was provoked by Ryan Mason.

"The sending off changed the course of the game. I didn't see it at the time but, what was it, a handbag thrown? The lad puts his head in Christian's face and I've played the game - the natural instinct is to raise your arm to push it away and that's what he did. He's been punished for that."

Villa's five-game and 15-minute wait for a goal ended when Andreas Weimann opened the scoring following a spell of dominance from the hosts as he collected Charles N'Zogbia's cross to slot home from close range.

Tempers flared for the second time in little over five minutes after the hour mark and Christian Benteke was shown a straight red card by referee Neil Swarbrick after a tussle with Erik Lamela in which the Belgium international raised his hand to his opponent's face.

Things started to go downhill for the hosts after that and Spurs found their equaliser with five minutes left as an unmarked Nacer Chadli fired home Lamela's corner, before sub Kane's deflected last-gasp free-kick claimed all three points.

Kane said: "Without a doubt it was one of the greatest moments for me in a Spurs shirt. To be 1-0 down in an important game for us, we needed a win and to pull it back there at the end is a moment I won't forget."

The 21-year-old striker, who was sent on by Mauricio Pochettino with just over 30 minutes left, added: "The manager said there's plenty of time left, to be getting on the ball, you'll get some chances so take one and obviously fortunately I was able to do that and it's all smiles in the dressing room now."


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