Van der Vaart caps memorable week with brace as Spurs win

London: Rafael Van der Vaart`s roller-coaster week ended on a high when he scored both goals as Tottenham Hotspur came from behind to beat Aston Villa 2-1 in the Premier League at White Hart Lane.

That took the Dutch midfielder`s tally to three goals, one missed penalty, one red card and two unforgettable performances in four days, winning the admiration of manager Harry Redknapp and the realisation among Spurs fans that they have a new hero.

Redknapp told Sky Sports he was delighted at how quickly the 27-year-old, who played for Netherlands in this year`s World Cup in South Africa, had made himself at home at White Hart Lane.

"He`s come in and the crowd have taken to him. They like the way he plays -- he`s a `Tottenham` player -- he`s a good footballer and he suits us fine," Redknapp said.

"He and Luka (Modric) and the other lads play well together -- he is going to be a big hit I am sure."

Van der Vaart, who joined Spurs for eight million pounds (USD 12.59 million) from Real Madrid just before the transfer window closed last month, has now scored four times in three home appearances for the north London side.

The Dutchamn`s double on Saturday followed his adventures against Twente Enschede on Wednesday when he missed a penalty, scored and was sent off -- all in the space of 20 minutes -- in a 4-1 victory in the Champions League group stage.

After that game he told reporters: "I scored, I missed a penalty and I was sent off. It`s a full house. I have never played in a game like this in my life."

Bureau Report

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