Tottenham concede first for 10th game in a row in Premier League loss to Aston Villa

Tottenham manager Antonio Conte looks dejected during his side's 2-0 loss at home to Aston Villa.
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Tottenham have endured a miserable start to 2023 with Sunday's 2-0 loss at home to Aston Villa and their recent issues have been summed up by one sorry statistic.

Antonio Conte's side fell behind five minutes into the second half to an Emi Buendia goal following a mistake by Spurs goalkeeper Hugo Lloris.

That was the 10th time in a row that Tottenham had conceded first and their afternoon did not improve as Douglas Luiz made it 2-0 with 17 minutes left to complete a deserved victory for Unai Emery's side.

Spurs have gone behind in each of their last seven Premier League games – against Manchester United, Newcastle, Bournemouth, Liverpool, Leeds, Brentford and now Aston Villa – and only two of those have been converted into wins.

Tottenham also conceded first at home to Sporting CP and away to Marseille in the Champions League, drawing the first fixture 1-1 and winning the second 2-1.

And Conte's side were then beaten 2-0 by Nottingham Forest in the Carabao Cup in November.

In total, that is 10 straight games in which they have let in the first goal and such sloppiness is surely unsustainable for a team with aspirations of finishing in the top four. 

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Ben Hayward is Weekend Editor for FourFourTwo. A European football writer with over 15 years’ experience, he has covered games all over the world - including three World Cups, several Champions League finals, Euros, Copa América - and has spent much of that time in Spain. He currently divides his time between Barcelona and London.