Townsend was just a wee bit jammy.
The 22-year-old signed a new four-year contract with Tottenham last week, an addendum to a week during which he had already scored for England, qualified for next summer's World Cup and had his usefulness illustrated by a joke about a monkey in space. The latter point is reference to Hodgson's now infamous remark and the midfielder continued to orbit prominence when returning to action with his club.
Townsend was an effective threat against Villa but he will reflect sheepishly on his opening goal, intending to deliver a cross into the penalty area after 31 minutes only to watch as it skipped off the turf and past goalkeeper Brad Guzan. It was a goal which sparked celebrations among the visiting support but also a flare which then struck assistant referee David Bryan on the back.
Townsend continued to smoulder out wide for Spurs, although his side were also given some cause for concern following the arrival of Christian Benteke as a substitute after an hour. The Villa striker sent one header over and had another stabbed finish saved by Hugo Lloris.
The visitors showed impressive cut and thrust for the second after 69 minutes, too - Roberto Soldado applying the final touch to an impressive passing display.
The Football Association has launched an investigation after assistant referee David Bryan was yesterday struck with a flare during at Villa Park.
The incident occurred during the first half of the match - in which Tottenham Hotspur won 2-0 - and police have confirmed that two men have since been arrested. An FA spokesperson last night said: "This is unacceptable. We will await the officials' report and will be speaking to the clubs."