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1 April 2012
• White Hart Lane, London
Referee: A. Marriner
• Attendance: 36174
R. van der Vaart 19'
E. Adebayor 73', 86'
G. Sigurðsson 59'
90' + 3'
So, that concludes our LIVE commentary from Tottenham v Swansea. I’ve been Chris Teale, thank you very much for joining me this afternoon. Have a great rest-of Sunday, and enjoy the evening sunshine. See you later everybody.
90' + 3'
Now, how’s this for a stat, courtesy of Greg Stobart: With this victory, Tottenham have now defeated a team from England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland this season. Superb form in both the Premier League and also in Europe.
90' + 3'
FULL TIME at White Hart Lane, and Spurs have been good value for their 3-1 win. Two headed goals from Adebayor in the second half after a superb strike from Van der Vaart have seen them draw level on points with Arsenal in the race for third place. However, they were definitely tested by the Swans, who will definitely take some positives from this performance against one of the Premier League’s top sides.
90' + 2'
90' + 2'
Chance for Scott Sinclair in the box, but it's another fabulous block from Kaboul to avert the danger.
And there'll be three minutes of stoppage time here at the end of the game. Comfortable now for Spurs.
Maybe not, as Sigurdsson breezes into the box to meet Angel Rangel's cross first time. However, it's deflected wide after some great defending by Younes Kaboul.
GOAL!!! Game over here, as Adebayor grabs his second of the afternoon. Bale attacks well, and sends it to Lennon on the right. His cross is superb, and finds the head of the Togolese striker, who gets up well to guide it into the corner of the net. 3-1 Spurs, and that should be that.
Rafael van der Vaart
Van der Vaart comes off to a standing ovation from the White Hart Lane faithful, and is replaced by youngster Jake Livermore in a change that sees Tottenham look to protect their 2-1 lead.
Modric plays a slick one-two and has a shot on goal, but it's straight at Vorm in the Swansea goal.
Greg Stobart's back with more from White Hart Lane: "The decibel levels have gone up markedly here at White Hart Lane since Emmanuel Adebayor’s header restored Tottenham’s lead. This would be a huge win for Spurs and the crowd is willing them on as we enter the final 10 minutes. I will not be surprised if Brendan Rodgers has lost his voice after the game - the Swansea boss continues to roar instructions towards his players above the din. The visitors are certainly still well in this game, they have been very impressive."
Luke Moore is the second change for Swansea, as he replaces Danny Graham up front. He'll need more service, as Graham was somewhat starved of the ball in his time on the pitch.
What a run from Bale, as he forces his way into the penalty area, and then feels he should have a penalty. Referee Andre Marriner was in the perfect position, though, and says no.
AssistRafael van der Vaart
GOAL!!!! A superb corner comes in from the right-hand side from Van der Vaart, and the zonal marking counts against Swansea as Adebayor sends a free header in for a 2-1 Spurs lead! Could that be the decisive goal?
Here comes Nathan Dyer for Swansea. He's back from suspension, and replaces former Spurs man Wayne Routledge in the midfield.
Spurs also make a change, with Aaron Lennon being brought on for Sandro in a slight change of system. Lennon is making his 200th appearance for Spurs, and is back after four games out with a hamstring problem.
Bale then has a shot of his own, cutting in on his right foot and letting one go from just outside the D. It's comfortably saved by Vorm, who then quickly tries to start another Swans attack.
Great save Michel Vorm! Bale finally gets a cross into the box, and Van der Vaart ghosts in to meet it at the near post. His header is superbly kept out by Vorm, who palms it away for a corner.
Bale isn't anywhere near as free on the left as he was in the first half. Swansea have clearly tightened up their defence, and it's showing as the Welshman struggles to get a clean cross into the box.
Here's Greg at the Lane: "You could just sense Tottenham getting jittery in the minutes before that Swansea goal. Sigurdsson had already served one warning of his goal threat and made no mistake with his second strike of the half. For the first time this afternoon, Harry Redknapp is on his feet in the Spurs technical area and he does not look at all happy. This could get very interesting now."
GOAL!!! What a strike from Sigurdsson. Wayne Routledge holds it up superbly and tees up the Icelander, who half-volleys the ball into the ground from just outside the penalty area, and into the net! 1-1, and Swansea look good value for that goal, and maybe more.
Definitely a quiet start to this second half, as both teams look to build from the back and hold onto possession for extended periods. Apart from Sigurdsson's superb shot, there have been no clear chances.
Wowzers, chance for Swansea. Gylfi Sigurdsson gets the ball, and has a left-footed shot from just outside the penalty area. A combination of Brad Friedel's fingertips and the post keep it out. Good intent from the away side.
Early chance for Walker, of all people. Assou-Ekotto gets a cross in, and the defender has a header, but can't keep it down.
So, here we go for the start of the second half. Tottenham up 1-0, and Swansea kick us off, hopeful of an equaliser at the very least in this second period.
45' + 1'
Our man Mr. Stobart has his thoughts on the first half from the Lane: "The first-half didn’t deliver on its promise of flowing attacking football - but Tottenham will care little as they go in at the break with the lead. On the whole, the two teams have cancelled each other out, with Swansea showing no fear and playing some neat passing triangles. Spurs have threatened when they have been able to inject some pace into the game, and that was the case in the build-up to Rafael Van der Vaart’s goal. The Dutchman scored his first Premier League goal since December in the 20th minute with a lovely curling effort from the edge of the box."
45' + 1'
HALF TIME at White Hart Lane, and Spurs very much deserve their 1-0 lead. They have played a high line, and pressurised Swansea into a number of mistakes, with Scott Parker in particular breaking up play on a number of occasions. It was a great finish from Van der Vaart, but while it’s just 1-0, the away side will retain some hope. However, given the amount of joy Gareth Bale has been getting on the left, perhaps they need to reinforce their defence to stem that threat.
That's some cracking passes from Spurs, with Bale, Adebayor, Sandro and Van der Vaart all involved. However, they can't get a shot off, and the ball is just cleared.
Walker comes into the box with the ball, and after several step-overs manages to give it away without sending in a cross. Frustration for the English right-back, with about five minutes left.
Wonderful play again on the left from Spurs. Benoit Assou-Ekotto and his hair go flying forward, and he sends a cross into the box that is hit on the half-volley by Bale, and goes just over the bar.
Tottenham are pressing rather high up the pitch, and it's paying dividends for them as they pressurise Swansea into giving the ball away time and again. They're controlling the game as we approach the final 10 minutes of the half.
Our man at White Hart Lane is Greg Stobart, and he's got this to say: "“Is this the library?” sing the 3,000 Swansea fans here - and it is strangely quiet given the importance of the game to Tottenham. Spurs look more settled since that Van der Vaart goal but the visitors are still playing some lovely football, refusing to change their philosophy. Points, rather than style, is the key to Tottenham today and that is evident in the way assistant manager Kevin Bond is waving for Sandro and Scott Parker to sit deeper in midfield."
The right-hand side are getting in on the act now as well for Spurs, as Kyle Walker sends in a fizzing cross that is just cleared by Williams.
Tottenham have really upped the tempo here, clearly sensing they can get another before the interval. Bale is having great fun on the left, and is starting to see a lot of the ball.
Gareth Bale is really starting to make hay while the sun shines down that left-hand side, and he forces another corner as the Swans defence struggles to cope with his enterprising forward runs.
GoalRafael van der Vaart
GOAL!!! Bale goes forward again, almost completely alone, after a great pass by Modric. Ashley Williams tries to clear it, but can only find Van der Vaart, and he hits it first-time with the side of his foot into the net past countryman Michel Vorm. 1-0 Spurs.
A bit of a midfield battle goes on in the centre circle, with Parker penalised by referee Andre Marriner for being slightly over-the-top in his tackling.
Neil Taylor goes marauding forward, and after a great deal of pressure from William Gallas, his poked cross is deflected wide for a corner. However, the danger passes thanks to, who else, Parker.
It's been a really watchable opening to this match, although there have been few clear-cut chances so far. Spurs have really grown into this game, and both sides are matching each other pass for pass.
Gareth Bale gallops forward, and puts in a teasing cross to the near post. Adebayor is flying in, but he his touch is too heavy, and it goes wide. Dangerous for Swansea, as Britton was isolated against that man Bale.
Then, a chance for Swansea, as Wayne Routledge has a shot from just outside the penalty area go wide after Spurs give the ball away deep in their own half. Decent, open start here.
Early chance for Spurs! Cross from Modric is held up by Emmanuel Adebayor, who tees up Rafael Van der Vaart, and his shot goes wide. Good early sign for the home side perhaps?
Luka Modric gives the ball away in the centre circle. Scott Parker has started well and has won early tackles, but the rest of the Spurs side haven't been able to get hold of possession for any great length.
Even when they pass it backwards, it looks good from Swansea. Great spell of possession, and they force a corner. Superb passing from the Swans. Graceful, even.
Early foul from Kyle Walker on Leon Britton there. The weather is beautiful here.
As Murray Walker used to say: Go, Go, Go! Tottenham kick us off in the first half.
With just a few minutes until kick-off, it should be a cracking game between these two sides. Spurs want to keep charging towards the Champions League, Swansea want to keep moving up the table. Here come the teams into the bright Tottenham sunshine.
Meanwhile, Spurs manager Harry Redknapp has had his say on his Swans counterpart, and the impact he has made: "I don't know what his long-term plans are but certainly the job he has done at Swansea has just been amazing. He's someone who has a fantastic future. I remember speaking to Frank Lampard a few years ago when he was at Chelsea and he was telling me how good he was then. I just think it has been fantastic that a team can come up and play the way they have played, pass the ball as they do."
So, what have the managers been saying? First, here’s Swansea’s Brendan Rogers on speculation linking him to the Spurs job: "People need to fill pages in papers and they need discussion points. But my only focus is Swansea and Harry's only focus will be Tottenham and I just think it's disrespectful talking about him and the job he is in. He loves being at Tottenham and I know from talking to him when he was here in December that he enjoys being there. Likewise with myself, my only concentration and focus is on this job and trying to retain our status over the next eight games in this league."
Tottenham haven’t won any of their last five games, whereas Swansea have won three of their last four. Could something of an upset be on the cards today, given Swansea’s wonderful brand of passing football and the home side’s poor form?
Four changes for Spurs from their 3-1 victory over Bolton in the FA Cup during the week, with a new centre-back pairing and goalkeeper from that game. Aaron Lennon is fit again after four out with a hamstring injury, and he makes the bench. Meanwhile, Steven Caulker is ineligible to play against his parent club, so Garry Monk fills in for the Swans.
The teams are in for this game, and they are as follows: Tottenham - Friedel; Walker, Kaboul, Gallas, Assou-Ekotto; Parker, Sandro; Van der Vaart, Modric, Bale; Adebayor. Subs: Cudicini, Nelsen, Rose, Lennon, Livermore, Defoe, Saha. Swansea - Vorm, Rangel, Monk, Williams, Taylor, Britton, Allen, Sigurdsson, Routledge, Sinclair, Graham. Subs: Tremmel, Tate, Dyer, McEachran, Gower, Lita, Moore.
Well, how about that? Newcastle beat Liverpool 2-0, and the away side have goalkeeper Jose Reina sent off for violent conduct in the second half. It was a poor performance again from the Reds, but a great way to start this afternoon of football.
Good afternoon, and welcome to Goal.com’s LIVE text commentary on Tottenham Hotspur v Swansea City, on what is an absolutely fabulous day for sunshine around the country.
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