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Premier League

  • 19 January 2014
  • • 13:30
  • • Liberty Stadium, Swansea
  • Referee: M. Atkinson
  • • Attendance: 20769

Live Commentary

  • FULL-TIME! Spurs continue their march under Tim Sherwood as his magnificent start to management continues. He is having the best ever start to life as a new Spurs boss, while Swansea's miserable home form shows no sign of stopping. Spurs rarely looked like dropping points today and they deservedly take all three points. Thank you for joining me. I hope you have enjoyed the action.
  • 90' + 5'
    Davies delivers the free-kick, but it sails straight out for a goal-kick.
  • 90' + 4'
    Free-kick in an advanced position for Swansea now as Routledge is knocked over by Dembele.
  • 90' + 1'
    Five minutes of stoppage time will be played.
  • 88'
    Adebayor almost gets his hat-trick! Chiriches driven pass from defence is excellent and it evades Chico before going through towards Tremmel. Adebayor just about reaches it before the goalkeeper, but he cannot get it under control and his opponent just about gets the ball.
  • 86'
    Swansea are maintaining a good spell of possession currently and they will have the potential to be dangerous in attack as long as Bony is on the pitch. If they can get another it will make the final moments very interesting indeed.
  • 83'
    Walker chases down Davies and steals the ball from him. He cuts the ball back towards the edge of the area and Eriksen hits it first-time, but Tremmel gets behind it.
  • 82'
    Eriksen delivers the set-piece, but Swansea are quick to get it away.
  • 81'
    Adebayor holds off Chico on the left flank. Eventually the Spaniard fouls his man and Spurs get a free-kick in a good position.
  • 80'
    Yellow Card Danny Rose
  • 80'
    Rose's names goes into the book as he prevents Swansea from taking a quick throw-in, leisurely taking the ball away.
  • 79'
    SubstitutionAaron Lennon Kyle Naughton
  • 78'
    Assist Roland Lamah
  • 78'
    Goal Wilfried Bony
    GOAL!!! Swansea pull one back through Bony with less than 15 minutes remaining. Lamah's cross-cum-shot is completely scuffed and it comes back to the edge of the area, but luckily for the Belgian he can claim an assist as his Ivorian team-mate gets over the ball and fires it past Lloris.
  • 77'
    With this virtually wrapped up, Spurs are sitting back and inviting plenty of possession on to themselves. Can Swansea pull one back at least?
  • 74'
    Routledge crosses from the right as Swansea look to inspire a late comeback. His delivery goes deep and is met by Bony's head, but his effort goes comfortably wide of Lloris' right-hand post.
  • 71'
    Assist Danny Rose
  • 71'
    Goal Emmanuel Adebayor
  • 71'
    GOAL!!! Spurs wrap up the three points as they add another goal! Rose burst into the Swansea half to reach a throughball from the middle. He reached the ball and crossed towards the penalty spot, where the unmarked Adebayor confidently stroked past Tremmel.
  • 70'
    Massive chance for Spurs! Dembele finds himself through on goal with only Tremmel to beat. The Belgian tries to find the bottom-left corner of the goal, but somehow he narrowly misses the target. Adebayor, meanwhile, screams at the midfielder, with the forward in acres of space to his left.
  • 68'
    Yellow Card Wilfried Bony
  • 68'
    Chiriches is in a bit of pain now after a clash of heads with Bony. The Ivorian forward earns himself a yellow card, but there did not seem to be any malice in it from the Swansea man's perspective.
  • 67'
    SubstitutionNacer Chadli Gylfi Sigurdsson
  • 66'
    They do much better on this occasion as Chico rushes towards the front post to meet the ball, but he heads just over.
  • 65'
    The set-piece comes to little, but after good work by Lamah down the left they get another chance.
  • 65'
    Routledge almost gets in down the right, but he has to settle for a corner off Rose.
  • 64'
    Swansea are seemingly offering more of an attacking threat now, but Spurs still look rather comfortable.
  • 62'
    Clever move by Spurs as Bentaleb and Adebayor combine to maximum effect inside their own half. The latter bursts into Swansea's side of the pitch, twists and turns to dazzle a couple of defenders before slipping Lennon in to his right. The winger's left-footed effort is blocked, however.
  • 60'
    There is the hosts' first chance of the half. Bony fires at goal from just inside the Spurs penalty area, but Lloris saves his powerful effort.
  • 59'
    Swansea's start to this second half has seen them play far worse than in the first period. Before half-time they looked busy, lively and energetic in attack, but since they have been dour.
  • 56'
    One of the main problems for Swansea so far has been when attacking through the centre, Pozuelo is so lightweight that he cannot retain possession for longer before being barged out of the way. 
  • 53'
    Own Goal Chico
    GOAL!!! Spurs double their lead at the Liberty Stadium! Dawson plays a clever pass in behind Lamah for Walker. The right-back bursts into the Swansea area before putting in a low cross, and Chico knocks it into his own goal.
  • 52'
    Clever feet from Pozuelo as he produces a stepover in the centre before finding Bony. He knocks it back to Britton, who in turn hits a first-time pass into the attacking third. However, it was to absolutely no one.
  • 51'
    SubstitutionJonjo Shelvey Roland Lamah
  • 51'
    And here is the change. Belgium international Lamah comes on for the injured Shelvey, who appears to have hurt one of his legs.
  • 50'
    There is the hosts' first effort of the half as Bony tries his luck from just inside the area, but his powerful hit is well-saved by Lloris.
  • 50'
    Meanwhile, we are having a brief pause in play as Shelvey seeks medical attention.
  • 49'
    Yellow Card Jordi Amat
  • 49'
    Wild tackle by Amat as he catches Chiriches and the Spaniard becomes the first player to earn a yellow card today.
  • 48'
    The corner comes to nothing as Tremmel plucks it out of the air.
  • 47'
    Good start by Spurs. Adebayor glides in behind the Swansea left-back and crosses, but his delivery is put behind for a corner.
  • 46'
    Tottenham get the match restarted for the second half.
  • HALF-TIME! The referee blows his whistle to bring a well-contested half to an end. Spurs take a slender 1-0 lead into the break and they probably just about deserve it, but Swansea have impressed in spells as well, with Bony looking particularly dangerous. The Liberty Stadium has seen more second-half goals than any other Premier League ground this season, so there could still be much more to come in this. 
  • 45' + 1'
    Excellent turn on the edge of the Swansea area by Eriksen, but in the end his left-footed shot is tame and Tremmel collects.
  • 44'
    Swansea waste the corner as Spurs are quick to get it under control and clear.
  • 43'
    Rangel's long ball from the back is not dealt with by Chiriches and Routledge nudges him out of the way. The Swansea winger then looks to cross, but his marker blocks it behind.
  • 41'
    Left-back Rose finds himself in a central attacking position and his build-up play is excellent. He expertly jolts past Chico and then looks set to make Tremmel work with a shot, but his attempt is laughably bad as it sails into the stands.
  • 40'
    Big save by Tremmel! Neither side can get the ball under control as it bounces around. Eventually it goes over the Swansea defence and Adebayor meets it on the half-volley while stretching, forcing the goalkeeper into a good stop.
  • 38'
    Good feet by Chadli as the Belgian skips past the challenge of Rangel, but his cross after getting into the left side of the area is poor and easily cut out.
  • 36'
    The visitors almost double their lead immediately! They cleverly work the ball across the penalty area and ultimately it falls to Chadli in acres of space, but he blazes over the bar from inside the area.
  • 35'
    Assist Christian Eriksen
  • 35'
    Goal Emmanuel Adebayor
    GOAL!!! Spurs take the lead at the Liberty Stadium! Eriksen plays in a devilish cross from the right-hand side and Adebayor heads in from close-range.
  • 34'
    Crucial interception by Chiriches! Dawson tries to nip in and steal the ball on the halfway-line, but Bony slips away from him and pokes a pass through for Routledge, but the Romanian gets a toe in to take possesion back.
  • 32'
    Good delivery from Routledge on the right wing and Bony squeezes between Walker and Dawson to meet the cross with a header, but he nods it wide of the post after trying to put it back across the face of goal.
  • 30'
    There is so little cohesion in Spurs' attacks. Once again they are presented with a good chance to hit their hosts on the counterattack, but they waste possession in the attacking third of the pitch.
  • 28'
    Walker has been quiet as an attacking threat thus far, but he does finally get the opportuinty to gallop forward. He reaches Adebayor's through-ball and breezes past Routledge, but Davies covers well.
  • 26'
    Swansea are adamant they should have a penalty! Bony is involved again, this time from a corner. The powerful forward jumped up to head the ball towards goal, but Dawson blatantly pushes him. The referee, however, fails to award anything.
  • 25'
    What a strike by Bony!! The forward has looked really up for this and he produces the match's best effort. Shelvey pokes the ball forward to the Ivorian and after cutting on to his right foot, he unleashes an fearsome drive from 30 yards and it crashes off the crossbar.
  • 23'
    Encouraging play by Spurs. Bentaleb picks out the run of Lennon with a clever pass between the left-back and centre-back. The Spurs winger collects, but his first-time cross is dreadfully-overhit. Rose keeps the move alive, but it ultimately comes to nothing.
  • 20'
    Good try by Bony! The Ivorian forward takes advantage of a ricochet and instead of slipping Pozuelo into the right side of the Spurs area, Bony goes for goal. He fires wide of Lloris' right-hand post.
  • 18'
    This is very much a midfield battle so far. Neither side seems to be gaining a foothold as they have generally cancelled each other out. 
  • 16'
    Amat's lack on concentration plays straight into Spurs hands as he passes to Lennon in the inside-right channel. The winger has an excellent opportunity to slip Adebayor into the area, but he somehow fails to spot his team-mate. Eventually he tries to make the pass, but it was far too late and Swansea intercept.
  • 15'
    Brilliant play by Eriksen as he beats two men before crossing into the centre from the right, but Tremmel beats Adebayor to the ball.
  • 14'
    All of Swansea's attacks seem to be going through Shelvey at the moment. Again he picks up possession in the final third and he spins away from Dawson before shooting, but Lloris palms it away.
  • 13'
    Delightful turn by Dembele as he leaves Davies for dead out on Spurs' right. He comes into the area with intent and tries to pick out Adebayor, but Chico does well to intercept.
  • 12'
    Spurs have undeniably grown into this encounter now. They are seeing much more of the ball inside the hosts' half, although they are struggling to supply Adebayor. 
  • 10'
    Spurs finally look to threaten as Adebayor steals the ball back about 35 yards from the Swansea goal. Ominously for the hosts, the forward begins his march towards the penalty area, but Chico reads his thoughts perfectly and tackles him with ease.
  • 8'
    Good idea by Shelvey has he lofts the ball over Rose for Rangel to run on to, but it just has a little too much pace on it for the Spaniard. The right-back shows his appreciation, though.
  • 7'
    Shelvey's next effort is better, however! The former Liverpool man pounces on to a loose ball just outside the Spurs area and he lashes a half-volley off target. He's getting closer.
  • 6'
    Swansea work the corner cleverly back to Shelvey on the edge of the box, but his sliced effort sees the ball go comically wide of the target.
  • 5'
    Good play by Bony as he comes out towards the left corner flag while holding off Chiriches. He passes short to Routledge, who wins a corner.
  • 4'
    Lively start from the hosts so far as they confidently string passes together in the attacking third.
  • 3'
    Bony is almost played in one-on-one with Lloris as Pozuelo flicks Routledge's pass in behind the visitors' defence, but there is a little too much on it and Lloris collects.
  • 2'
    Danny Rose wins a free-kick inside his own half on the left after a late tackle by Routledge.
  • 1'
    Here we go. Swansea get the action started.
  • Kick-off is now just a few moments away. The players are now out on the pitch.
  • Swansea's average of 60 per cent possession is the highest in the division.
  • Spurs have lost only three of their previous 21 away matches in the league. They've also won each of their last four on the road.
  • Swansea have only emerged victorious from two of their last 15 home matches in the Premier League. Seven of those have ended in defeat.
  • Spurs subs: Friedel, Naughton, Holtby, Soldado, Capoue, Defoe, Sigurdsson.
  • Tottenham's starting line-up is: Lloris; Walker, Chiriches, Dawson, Rose; Bentaleb, Dembele, Lennon, Eriksen, Chadli; Adebayor. 
  • Swansea subs: Cornell, Tiendalli, Taylor, Richards, Lamah, Donnelly, Vazquez.
  • The Swansea team is: Tremmel; Rangel, Chico, Williams, Davies; Amat, Britton; Pozuelo, Shelvey, Routledge; Bony.
  • Hello and welcome to the live text commentary of the Premier League meeting between Swansea City and Tottenham. My name is Ryan Benson and I will be describing the action for you today.