Tottenham's Townsend vows to stay grounded
Tottenham’s Andros Townsend is determined to stay grounded following a magnificent week that has seen him score on his debut for his national side, as well as scoring his first Premier League goal for Tottenham.
The winger scored in England’s 4-1 victory over Montenegro, before impressing in Tuesday’s decisive World Cup qualifier against Poland.
Townsend rounded off an unforgettable week with a goal in Spurs’ 2-0 win against Aston Villa, while his top-class performances in the last few weeks also earned him a new four-year contract with the London side, which he penned last Friday.
"It's been one of the best few weeks of my life," Townsend told Sky Sports. "But the main thing today was getting back to winning ways after the result against West Ham.
"I think the second-half performance showed what we're all about. We got stuck in and got three points.
"I think we didn't have the best of first halves. Aston Villa defended well and got men behind the ball, but then we got the goal.”
Townsend went on to admit that his goal resulted from an attempted cross rather than a shot, however he is taking credit for the strike that put his Spurs side 1-0 up.
"It was a cross and I'm not going to take credit for it, but I've been unlucky in the past, so I'll take that and it set us on the way to a great three points."
Talking about scoring his first Premier League goal for Tottenham, the 22-year-old said: “Obviously, scoring for my country on my debut was one of the highlights of my career, but getting my first goal for my hometown club in the Premier League is up there.
"The main thing for me now is to not get carried away, to keep my feet on the ground and keep putting in the performances when I get the chance for Spurs."
The winger also felt that the Villa defence had received special instructions on how to mark him and he acknowledged that, in the first half particularly, his attacking play was limited.
"I think in the first half I had no space at all. Every time I picked up the ball there were a couple of people around me and I ended up turning over the ball a couple of times.
"In the second half, they had to go for it a bit and the game opened up. I'm at my best counter-attacking and I think I was happy with my second-half performance in the end."