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March 30, 2013 3:00 p.m. GMT
Liberty Stadium — Swansea
Referee:‬ A. Taylor‎
Attendance:‬ 20604‎
 
71′ Michu
 
Gareth Bale 21′
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Swansea 1-2 Tottenham

Spurs held off a late fightback from the home side to claim their first victory away to the south Wales club since 1946, and end a run of three successive defeats

By Ewan Roberts

  • Michel Vorm
    2
    0
    3.00

    Michel Vorm

    Prevented Tottenham from running away with the match with a number of solid stops and played well despite being beaten twice. Could do nothing for Bale's vicious drive and was beaten by a cute finish from Vertonghen. Incredibly comfortable with the ball at his feet.

  • Chico
    1
    1
    2.50

    Chico

    The Spanish centre-back, returning from injury, was brash and aggressive, stepping up and hurtling into tackles. But that often left him exposed at the back, allowing gaps to develop which Tottenham exploited. Taken off in the second half as he continues his recovery.

  • Ashley Williams
    1
    1
    3.00

    Ashley Williams

    Used the ball well, retaining possession with compsoure and passing the ball forwards with authority. Kept Adebayor largely under wraps, competing well against the big Togo forward, though could have got closer to Bale for the Welshman's goal.

  • Dwight Tiendalli
    4
    0
    4.00

    Dwight Tiendalli

    Got forward with real drive and intent, rampaging up the right flank all afternoon and firing in devious, dangerous crosses. Penned Sigurdsson back in his own half, and was rarely troubled defensively. Swansea's brightest player.

  • Ben Davies
    3
    0
    3.50

    Ben Davies

    A solid performance from the youngster, who matched the pace of Lennon and contained the Spurs winger well. Also got forward with abandon, linking well with Hernandez and troubling Walker on the overlap.

  • Leon Britton
    1
    1
    3.00

    Leon Britton

    Keep possession ticking over in the heart of midfield, though much of his possession was backwards or sideways. Occasionally struggled against the pace and power of Spurs' midfield, especially Dembele.

  • Michu
    1
    1
    3.00

    Michu

    The Spanish forward, a revelation when he first arrived in the Premier League, has lost his spark in recent weeks. It looked like his goal draught would be extended further after he missed several great chances, but finally managed to head the ball past Friedel from a corner.

  • Pablo Hernández
    1
    2
    1.50

    Pablo Hernández

    The most periperhal of Swansea's attackers, Hernandez struggled to make an impact on the game and was well marshalled by Walker. An ineffective performance plagued with poor touches and wayward passes. Eventually replaced by Shechter as the Swans pushed for an equaliser.

  • Nathan Dyer
    2
    0
    3.00

    Nathan Dyer

    Bright and lively, but profligate in front of goal. Smashed a close-range header against the crossbar when he really should have scored, but caused panic in the Tottenham defence when he drifted infield, darting towards goal.

  • Wayne Routledge
    2
    0
    2.00

    Wayne Routledge

    The one-time Spurs winger gave a hot-and-cold performance. He occasionally burst into life, but was all too frequently let down by poor control or an ill-advised pass. Often crowded out in the middle of the pitch.

  • Jonathan De Guzmán
    2
    0
    2.50

    Jonathan De Guzmán

    Fielded slightly deeper than normal, anchoring the midfield, but wasn't as dynamic or inventive as he can be. Looked lethargic, perhaps a hangover from midweek international exertions, and was duly subbed just before the hour mark.

Substitutions

  • Sung-Yong Ki
    6
    1
    3.50

    Sung-Yong Ki

    Came on in place of De Guzman midway through the second half and was a bundle of energy. Always showed for the ball and used it well too. Provided the corner for Michu's goal, and his set-pieces were a frequent threat.

  • Itay Shechter
    1
    0

    Itay Shechter

    Replaced the ineffective Hernandez as Swansea pushed for an equaliser.

  • Brad Friedel
    5
    1
    3.00

    Brad Friedel

    Returned to the side in the absence of the injured Hugo Lloris and performed well, making a number of solid, if unspectacular, saves. Less proactive than the French keeper, though was alert to rush from his line to stop Michu. Powerless to stop Michu's goal.

  • Jan Vertonghen
    21
    0
    4.00

    Jan Vertonghen

    A complete performance from the Belgian, who defended intelligently and got forward well too. Showed his attacking ability with a fine strike, starting and finising the move with an adventurous run and inventive finish, and set up Tottenham's second goal. Became a little brash in the closing stages.

  • Kyle Naughton
    4
    2
    1.50

    Kyle Naughton

    Struggled against the lively Dyer, who caused problems both down the line and when drifiting infield, and was hugely troubled by the adventurous runs of right-back Tiendalli. Never looks entirely comfortable at left-back, and provided little forward impetus.

  • Michael Dawson
    3
    0
    3.50

    Michael Dawson

    The Spurs captain was a vocal presence on the pitch, leading the team by example. He defended well, competing for everything in the air and throwing himself in front of shots, and was solid on the deck. Tottenham are a better team when Dawson is on the pitch.

  • Kyle Walker
    4
    1
    3.00

    Kyle Walker

    Contained Hernandez with relative ease and was rarely beaten by the Spaniard, though had a tendency to switch off and allow Davies room to attack on the overlap. Offered little going forward, and was occasionally caught in possession.

  • Aaron Lennon
    4
    0
    2.50

    Aaron Lennon

    Very rarely got the better of Davies, who contained the Spurs winger's bursts forward well. Defended manfully, helping Walker contain Hernandez. Worked hard.

  • Scott Parker
    3
    0
    3.00

    Scott Parker

    Gobbled up ground in midfield, closing down players and throwing his body in the way of shots and passes. An all-action, uncompromising performance, though his negative passing allowed Swansea to gain the upperhand. Showed his inexperience in the latter stages to close out the match.

  • Gareth Bale
    14
    0
    4.00

    Gareth Bale Top of the Match

    Was a lively presence and scored a stunning, long-range goal, firing a devious, venomous shot past Vorm. Also played a cute, scooped pass for Vertonghen's opener, only his third assist of the season. Worked hard, tracking back to help his defence, and made a vital block to deny Dyer.

  • Mousa Dembélé
    7
    3
    2.50

    Mousa Dembélé

    The game occasionally passed him by, with Swansea's movement and passing outmaneuvering him. Tidy in possession, but not at his usual, direct self, and didn't explode forward as he has done in the past. Worked hard alongside Parker, but was somewhat timid.

  • Gylfi Sigurdsson
    4
    6
    1.50

    Gylfi Sigurdsson Flop of the Match

    Did not enjoy his return to the Liberty Stadium, having spent six months there on loan from Hoffenheim last season. His every touch was booed, and he struggled to have any affect on the match. Forced back to defend against the overlapping Tiendalli, but gave the Dutchman too much space. Replaced by Holtby.

  • Emmanuel Adebayor
    3
    7
    2.00

    Emmanuel Adebayor

    Held the ball up well, providing an excellent release for his side, and pressed Swansea's possession-orientated defence tirelessly. But, as is so often the case, was wasteful in front of goal, missing a good one-on-one chance, and looked short on confidence. On a yellow card, he was subbed after an hour.

Substitutions

  • Lewis Holtby
    4
    0

    Lewis Holtby

    Came on in the latter stages and provided some measure of control. More effective than Sigurdsson had been.

  • Jermain Defoe
    5
    1
    2.50

    Jermain Defoe

    Replaced Adebayor with half-an-hour of action remaining and missed a great chance to guarantee all three points. Didn't stretch the Swansea defence, though Tottenham were under heavy pressure.

Results
 
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Luis Suárez Luis Suárez
Striker
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30 0
Daniel Sturridge Daniel Sturridge
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20 0
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18 6
Sergio Agüero Sergio Agüero
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16 0
Wayne Rooney Wayne Rooney
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15 2