Villa were always in charge after scoring in the fifth minute
Aston Villa condemned Tottenham to their worst start to a Premier League campaign with a victory that leaves Spurs winless and bottom of the table.
Villa took the lead after just four minutes as Tottenham failed to cut out a Gabriel Agbonlahor cross which Nigel Reo-Coker converted with ease.
Goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes inexplicably let Ashley Young's weak 54th-minute shot slip under his body.
Darren Bent's late goal was little consolation for angry Spurs fans.
While the two Uefa Cup participants, who drew 4-4 in last season's pulsating corresponding fixture, spent heavily in the summer, they have made distinctly contrasting starts to the season.
While Villa appear ever more settled under manager Martin O'Neill, Spurs are struggling to cope from the recent sale of star strikers Dimitar Berbatov and Robbie Keane.
Poyet makes no excuses for poor display
Spurs boss Juande Ramos handed debuts to £14m forward Roman Pavlyuchenko and £8.5m Croatian left-back Vedran Corluka, but his team could not have got off to a worse start.
After just four minutes, Young was allowed space on the left to feed Agbonlahor who cut a low cross behind the static Spurs defence.
John Carew flicked on with his heel leaving Reo-Coker with a simple first-time finish which Gomes could not get near.
Villa nearly went two up four minutes later when Reo-Coker's cross from the right took a wicked deflection and crashed back out into play off Gomes' upright.
Spurs slowly started to wrestle some possession from Villa and, in the 21st minute, Pavlyuchenko turned superbly in the box to lash in a shot which unluckily cannoned off the forehead of Curtis Davies.
Gomes was soon called upon to make an outstanding save on his line from Gareth Barry's well-placed header, before he followed it up with more heroics to deny Agbonlahor, though the Villa striker should have scored.
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