Emmanuel Adebayor scored from the penalty spot at the stroke of the hour but that was not enough for 10-men Tottenham Hotspur to claim all three points at Villa Park.
Aston Villa, who have been dragged into an unlikely relegation battle in recent weeks, took the lead through Ciaran Clark in the 35th minute – a goal that drew just as much cheer from Arsenal and Newcastle fans as it did from those in attendance.
Four minutes into the second half, the Spurs were dealt another blow as Danny Rose was shown a straight red card for a reckless challenge.
Speaking of reckless challenges, Villa’s Richard Dunne was guilty of committing one himself inside the box near the hour mark.
Adebayor made no mistake in converting past Shay Given and bringing his side back into a match they needed to win in order to leap-frog bitter rivals Arsenal in the race for third place.
The Gunners’ 3-3 draw at home to Norwich yesterday restricted their lead over the Spurs to only two points.
Therefore, Tottenham had every reason to push for a win while even playing a man down. Unfortunately for them, the resilient Villans hung on to the 1-1 stalemate, forcing two costly dropped points for Harry Redknapp’s men.
Newcastle were also beaten 2-0 at home by Manchester City earlier in the day, ensuring that the Gunners remain in third ahead of the last round of fixtures next weekend.
However, Arsene Wenger’s men will now have to defend their one-point advantage on the road against a West Bromwich Albion side that fought from two goals down to draw 2-2 at Bolton today.
Meanwhile, Tottenham will have to win the London derby against Fulham, who will be full of confidence after defeating Liverpool and Sunderland in a span of five days.
The Magpies, who are two points adrift of the last automatic Champions League qualification spot, will travel to Goodison Park to square off against an Everton side that drew goalless at the relegated Wolves today.