Tottenham Hotspur vs. Swansea City  3 - 1


Premier League: Tottenham 3 Swansea 1

3 April 2012 14:49

Tottenham got back to winning ways with a 3-1 victory over Swansea at White Hart Lane in a solid all-round display from the north Londoners.

First blood went to the home side when Rafael van der Vaart converted good work from Gareth Bale, but the Welsh outfit hit back after the break with another fine goal, this time from Gylfi Sigurdsson.

The hosts re-gained their lead after scorer turned provider when Emmanuel Adebayor headed home from Van der Vaart's corner.

Former Arsenal striker Adebayor then nodded past Michel Vorm again to put Harry Redknapp's men level with his former club in the Premier League standings.

The opening quarter of an hour included a flurry of chances for each side, Van der Vaart firstly shooting wide after Adebayor knocked back Luka Modric's cross.

Swansea went close through former Spurs midfielder Wayne Routledge, with the 26-year-old's snap-shot narrowly missing.

Spurs netted the opener just inside the 20 minute mark, as Van det Vaart calmly directed his curling shot home from outside the area.

Van der Vaart remained influential and almost set up Younes Kaboul for another goal, before Modric also had a chance that went begging just before half-time.

Shortly after the break, Sigurdsson forced Friedel into an outstanding save, before the Iceland international went one better in the 59th minute, firing a delightful half-volley from outside the area.

Spurs looked for a speedy return and went close six minutes after the equaliser, with Van der Vaart denied by Vorm's sharp reflexes.

Adebayor also tested the Swansea custodian, but failed to get a good enough connection to breach the Dutchman's goal.

However, the Togo forward did not have to wait long to ripple to net, rising above the pack to head Van der Vaart's corner past a helpless Vorm.

Spurs looked comfortable in the lead and even had time to extend it, as Aaron Lennon picked out Adebayor to seal the three points.


Premier League preview: Tottenham v Swansea

31 March 2012 02:46

Tottenham continue their pursuit of third place when they host upstarts Swansea City at White Hart Lane on Sunday.

Spurs sit three points behind London rivals Arsenal in the race for third with eight games remaining, a disappointing position given they looked a shoo-in to claim an automatic Champions League berth earlier in the season.

A run of five games without a win has put paid to that though, a streak which has included losses to Arsenal and Manchester United and a draw with Chelsea.

"It is tough this year. Manchester City, with the money they’ve spent, are a certainty and United too," manager Harry Redknapp said.

"Arsenal have been there every year, Chelsea, and Liverpool, who you thought would get stronger, mean it was going to be even harder to make it this year.

"A month ago we were nailed on, so it would be a bigger blow if we don’t make it. But I don’t think third is out of reach, now."

Aside from Michael Dawson, David Bentley, Jermaine Jenas and Tom Huddlestone who are all out for the season, Aaron Lennon is Spurs' other injury concern, but the winger could be back in time to line up at White Hart Lane after coming close to lining up against Bolton in the FA Cup on Tuesday.

Brendan Rodgers' Swansea have been the big surprise packets of the Premier League this season, defying their shoe-string budget to climb into the top 10 in their first season in the top flight since 1983.

Not only have Swansea been more than competitive against cashed-up clubs like Manchester United and Chelsea, they have done so playing an attractive brand of football which has won them plaudits from supporters and rivals alike.

The Swans star man this season has been striker Danny Graham, who with 10 goals is their top scorer.

A run of three straight win came to an end with a 2-0 home defeat against Everton last week, a surprising result given Swansea have the third best home record in the league in terms of goals conceded.

Injuries have been kind to Swansea as well, with Kemy Agustien the only regular player unavailable, because of an ankle injury.

Premier League table

# Team MP D P
1 38 +64 89
2 38 +56 89
3 38 +25 70
4 38 +25 69
5 38 +5 65
6 38 +19 64
7 38 +10 56
8 38 +7 52
9 38 -3 52
10 38 -7 47
11 38 -7 47
12 38 -14 47
13 38 -1 45
14 38 -17 45
15 38 -20 43
16 38 -16 38
17 38 -23 37
18 38 -31 36
19 38 -30 31
20 38 -42 25