Aaron Lennon extended his run of ensuring Tottenham avoid defeat by scoring his first goal of the season against Stoke. It was his first goal since scoring Tottenham’s second goal in the north London derby last March. The win against Stoke also maintains the club’s run of remaining undefeated when Lennon has scored. This amazing record stretches back over 29 matches to 2006. In those twenty nine games, Tottenham have won on 26 occasions with the list containing some high profile matches in the Premier League, domestic Cups and European competitions.
Aaron Lennon has scored 30 goals for Tottenham in over 270 appearances. He was signed from Leeds United in the summer of 2005 for a fee of £1 million. His debut came in the following August as Tottenham lost at home to Chelsea. He scored his first goal for Tottenham against Birmingham City in March, 2006 and that from where the story continues.
Aaron Lennon Scores – Tottenham Don’t Lose! (up-dated 4th March, 2013)
Aaron Lennon’s Goals for Tottenham (to 4th March, 2013)
March, 2006 v Birmingham City (a) Won 2 – 0 Lennon, Keane
Lennon’s goal came in the 66th minute of the game at St. Andrews and set Spurs on their way to success. The goal was created by Jermain Defoe and following his forceful intervention and run on the left, Lennon scored from his cross. Robbie Keane added the second.
April, 2006 v Bolton Wanderers (h) Won 1 – 0 Lennon
In the final home game of the season, Spurs were still battling for fourth place and a win was vital. The goal from Lennon came after an hour when he received the ball just outside the box before taking it into the area and beating two defenders to score, shooting across the goalkeeper.
November, 2006 v Chelsea (h) Won 2 – 1 Dawson, Lennon
Lennon’s goal was a very significant one in the battles against Chelsea, ending Tottenham’s lengthy losing sequence to their west London rivals. The winning goal, it came in the 52nd minute after Keane had worked his way down the left wing to cross into the area where Lennon received the ball to shoot past Cech. Spurs had achieved their first League win over Chelsea in nineteen years having come from a goal down.
November, 2006 v Wigan Athletic (h) Won 3 – 1 Defoe, Berbatov, Lennon
Lennon’s goal in the 90th minute secured victory for Spurs, scoring after Dimitar Berbatov had set him up from the left for a left footed shot past the goalkeeper.
January, 2007 v Cardiff City (h) Won 4 – 0 Lennon, Keane, Malbranque, Defoe (FA Cup)
Lennon scored the opening goal in the 3rd Round replay in the 27th minute, a quick break from defence saw Lennon played in behind the visitors’ defence to lift the ball over the goalkeeper.
February, 2007 v Bolton Wanderers (h) Won 4 – 1 Keane (2), Jenas, Lennon
Lennon scored the final goal in the 90th minute after Spurs had been three up in under twenty minutes. Malbranque crossed from the right for Lennon to score from close in.
April, 2007 v Seville (h) Draw 2 – 2 Defoe, Lennon (UEFA Cup Q/f)
Two early goals scuppered Tottenham’s hopes of progressing to the semi-finals of the UEFA Cup. Lennon, however, scored the second of two goals in two minutes in the second half. In the 67th minute Berbatov’s high ball reached Lennon and the goal triggered thoughts of a belated fight back but it proved to be too little too late.
November, 2007 v Wigan Athletic (h) Won 4 – 0 Jenas (2), Lennon, Bent
Lennon scored the third goal in the 34th minute to put Spurs in control with a comfortable advantage. Berbatov was creator with a pass for Lennon to cut inside and shot across the goalkeeper.
January, 2008 v Sunderland (h) Won 2 – 0 Lennon, Keane
Lennon scored after two minutes to give Spurs the perfect start. A cross from the left reached Lennon at the back post and he got a touch on the ball to score. Spurs’ second goal came in the final minute.
January, 2008 v Arsenal (h) Won 5 – 1 Jenas, Opp.o.g., Keane, Lennon, Malbranque (Carling Cup S/f)
Lennon’s goal on the hour put Spurs four ahead and raised the roof at White Hart Lane as Spurs fans started to believe they would make it to Wembley. A quick break saw Keane send Lennon away on the right. He beat his defender and fired a shot across the goalkeeper to send Spurs fans into raptures.
October, 2008 v Arsenal (a) Draw 4 – 4 Bentley, Bent, Jenas, Lennon
Harry Redknapp’s first match as manager and Spurs fought back from 3 – 1 and 4 – 2 down. Lennon’s goal was the final act of the drama at the Emirates as he scored in the 90th minute, sixty seconds after Jenas had scored the third. Luka Modric’s shot hit the post and Lennon was on hand to knock the rebound home. What a vital and memorable goal for Lennon and every Spurs fan.
January, 2009 v Stoke City (h) Won 3 – 1 Lennon, Defoe, Dawson
Lennon scored the first of the three goals that Spurs scored inside twenty five minutes. His came on eight minutes and playing on the left he received a pass from Defoe and got into a scoring position to shoot past the Stoke keeper.
February, 2009 v Hull City (a) Won 2 – 1 Lennon, Woodward
This win improved Tottenham’s season and was crucial in their battle to avoid relegation. Lennon put them ahead after 17 minutes when after a shot corner the ball was worked to him to score with a curling shot from 25 yards.
March, 2009 v Middlesbrough (h) Won 4 – 0 Keane, Pavlyuchenko, Lennon (2)
The only occasion, to date, when Lennon has scored more that one goal. He scored Spurs third just before half-time and a second with ten minutes remaining. The first came after a period of Spurs’ pressure and a good passing movement which ended when Keane found Lennon on the right of the box to score. His second was again provided by Keane with Lennon lifting the ball over the goalkeeper.
August, 2009 v West Ham United (a) Won 2 – 1 Defoe, Lennon
Tottenham’s season had started with two wins but they had found themselves a goal down at Upton Park early in the second half. A gift back pass from West Ham had allowed Defoe to equalise within five minutes and Lennon’s goal secured the points with ten minutes remaining. He received the ball on the right from Vedran Corluka and took on his man and a number of defenders as he advanced into the area before shooting left footed past Rob Green from the edge of the area.
August, 2009 v Birmingham City (h) Won 2 – 1 Crouch, Lennon
Six days on and Lennon left it even later to score the winner and maintain Spurs unbeaten start to the season. Against a battling Birmingham team Spurs had taken a second half lead but squandered it within three minutes. Fifteen minutes remained for Spurs to grab a winner but with time running out it looked as if it was going to be two points dropped. In the 90th minute, actually it was the final moments of added time, when a cross from the right by Roman Pavlyuchenko picked out Lennon in the centre – he moved round two defenders to shoot low past Joe Hart. Another win courtesy of a late Aaron Lennon goal.
November, 2009 v Wigan Athletic (h) Won 9 – 1 Defoe (5), Bentley, Crouch, Lennon, Kranjcar
Lennon got in on the ‘goal-fest’ at White Hart Lane. His was number five, in the 64th minute, coming after Defoe had completed is hat-trick. He made his way into the area past defenders with his shot going under the body of the goalkeeper.
November, 2010 v Liverpool (h) Won 2 – 1 Opp. o.g., Lennon
Fifty one weeks after scoring against Wigan, Lennon found another added time goal to secure Tottenham’s win. A goal down at half-time Spurs drew level but it was into added time before Lennon made his scoring mark. Peter Crouch touched the ball on to Lennon in a central position and he took it past a defender and shot into the net.
December,2010 v Newcastle United (h) Won 2 – 0 Lennon, Bale
A month later, Lennon scored Spurs’ first goal after 57 minutes. Younes Kaboul found Lennon on the right and he cut in and shot past the goalkeeper.
January, 2011 v Newcastle United (a) Draw 1 – 1 Lennon
Newcastle hadn’t learned from the match at White Hart Lane as Lennon scored in the dying seconds. Defoe passed to Lennon who made it into the left of the Newcastle area to shoot and equalise in added time.
August, 2011 v Hearts (a) Won 5 – 0 Van der Vaart, Defoe, Livermore, Bale, Lennon (Europa League)
Spurs were too strong for Hearts and enjoyed a very comfortable win with Lennon scoring the final goal after 78 minutes. It came when Lennon knocked in a cross from Defoe after Tottenham had broken quickly from defence through Andros Townsend whose lovely pass gave Defoe the space on the left.
November, 2011 v Fulham (a) Won 3 – 1 Opp. o.g., Lennon, Defoe
Lennon scored the second goal on the stroke of half-time in a highly competitive match. Gareth Bale and Lennon combined on the left to create the chance for Aaron to go on into the area and shoot left-footed past the goalkeeper.
December, 2011 v Bolton Wanderers (h) Won 3 – 0 Bale, Lennon, Defoe
A second goal by Lennon early in the second half, confirmed Spurs superiority, having missed numerous chances. This was the final match in Spurs’ unbeaten run and they played quick flowing football and Lennon’s goal came following such a move. Spurs again broke at pace following a Bolton corner. Kyle Walker passed to Emmanuel Adebayor who moved it on to Defoe who found Lennon. The winger came in from the left to score on his 200th start for Spurs.
January, 2012 v Everton (h) Won 2 – 0 Lennon, Assou-Ekotto
After 35 minutes, Lennon scored the first goal in a win which took Spurs level on points with Manchester United and three behind City. A long cross-field pass from Benoit Assou-Ekotto gave Lennon the opportunity to get behind Baines and run into the area. Going across the area he shot to the near post with his left foot to wrong foot Tim Howard with the goalkeeper expecting a shot across goal.
October, 2012 v Aston Villa (h) Won 2 – 0 Caulker, Lennon
The second goal to secure Spurs fourth consecutive League victory and maintain their nine match unbeaten run. Lennon he received a pass from Dempsey and cut in on goal to fire a shot, low across the goalkeeper and in at the far post.
November, 2012 v Liverpool (h) Won 2 – 1 Lennon, Bale
He scored the opening goal after 7 minutes, meeting a low cross from Gareth Bale at the back post to score from four yards. (Lennon was indirectly involved in the Liverpool goal. On the line for a corner, he cleared the ball but it hit Bale in the face and rebounded into the net)
December, 2012 v Sunderland (a) Won 2 – 1 Opp. o.g. Lennon
Spurs recovered from being a goal down at the interval with two second half goals inside six minutes of the re-start. The first was from a corner won after a free-kick awarded for a foul as Lennon burst clear. Lennon added the second in the 51st minute. Operating just outside the box , on the right, he received the ball from Sandro, flicked the ball over the defender but it rebounded into his path. He went past another defender to beat the goalkeeper. It was Tottenham’s last goal of 2012.
March, 2013 v Arsenal (h) Won 2 – 1 Bale, Lennon
Another winning goal from Lennon, scoring 2 minutes 20 seconds after Bale had put Spurs ahead late in the first half. Lennon ran on to a through ball from Scott Parker to take it round the goalkeeper and put it into the empty net.
December, 2013 v Stoke City (h) Won 3 – 0 Soldado (pen), Dembele, Lennon
Lennon’s goal was his first of the season and the last Tottenham strike of 2013. It sealed Spurs best win of the season and came after 69 minutes. there was good approach work by Adebayor. He brought the ball from midfield and played it to the left where Soldado played a cross into the area, Adebayor touched it but it fell for Lennon who controlled the ball and volleyed it across goal and into the far corner of the net.
Aaron Lennon’s Record
Thirty goals for Tottenham in 29 matches – bringing 26 wins and three draws in all competitions. A very impressive record.
Many of the goals had a bearing on the match either as a late winner or snatching a point with a number being in the final moments of a match when with the added pressure of knowing what was needed and none more so than at the Emirates in October, 2008. Lennon maintained his composure when through on goal and did all that was required.
Well done Aaron Lennon on keeping up your record.