With new manager Remi Garde watching in the White Hart Lane stands, Aston Villa suffered their seventh defeat in a row as hosts Tottenham secured a deserved 3-1 win.
The Lilywhites took the lead within three minutes of the kick-off when Mousa Dembele outmuscled a weak Ciaran Clark before firing past Brad Guzan.
The Villans were shaky throughout the first period against a Spurs side unbeaten in the league since their opening day defeat to Manchester United.
The second goal came just before half-time, with the impressive Dele Alli netting from the edge of the box.
After the break, the visitors improved, with sub Rudy Gestede going close.
On 79 minutes, another sub, Jordan Ayew, got one back for the Villans, scoring after Leandro Bacuna had hit the post.
Villa had their tails up and pushed for another goal, but it was Tottenham who’d score the fourth and final goal of the game at the death with Harry Kane scoring his fourth goal in two games.
The results see Mauricio Pochettino’s side go fifth, five points off the top. As for Villa, their second half showing will give Garde some encouragement ahead of what should be a tough campaign ahead.