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  • January 19, 2014
  • • 14:30
  • • Liberty Stadium, Swansea
  • Referee: M. Atkinson
  • • Attendance: 20769
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Swansea City 1-3 Tottenham: Adebayor hits top form to send Spurs fifth

Swansea City 1-3 Tottenham: Adebayor hits top form to send Spurs fifth

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The Togo international netted either side of a Chico Flores own goal as the White Hart Lane outfit ran out comfortable winners, piling more misery on Michael Laudrup

Emmanuel Adebayor continued his resurgence under new Tottenham head coach Tim Sherwood by netting twice in a 3-1 win over struggling Swansea City at the Liberty Stadium on Sunday.

Michael Laudrup's men had the better of the opening exchanges, Wilfried Bony smashing the crossbar from long-range, but it was the visitors who took the lead through Adebayor, who powered home a devilish first-time cross from Christian Eriksen.

Spurs doubled their advantage shortly after the restart as Kyle Walker snuck down the right flank and drilled in a low cross that was turned into his own net by the unfortunate Chico Flores.

Tottenham continued to be a threat on the break and another swift counter saw Adebayor calmly bag his second of the afternoon, though Spurs were given a late scare when Bony cushioned a deft volley into the bottom corner - though it would be only a consolation for the Swans.

MATCH VIEW
By Jamie Dunn

Tim Sherwood's impressive start to life in charge of Tottenham continues, and the Emmanuel Adebayor revival rolls on.

The striker was in devastating form for Spurs against Swansea, displaying strength, power and vision on his way to scoring two goals in the 3-1 win - the first a simple header and the second a calmly taken finish.

Christian Eriksen also impressed as Spurs made it 16 points from a possible 18 under Sherwood, against a Swansea side who are now in danger of dropping into a fight to stay in the Premier League, with only Wilfried Bony causing Tottenham any problems.
Laudrup, dealing with a host of injuries including the absence of Michu, made just one change from the side beaten by Manchester United last time out as Chico replaced Jose Canas, with Jordi Amat moving into midfield.

Spurs also made one change from their last outing as Nacer Chadli came in for Roberto Soldado - the Spain international dropping to the bench.

Despite having won just twice at home in the Premier League this season, Swansea began brightly, with Jonjo Shelvey at the centre of things for the hosts early on.

He had Swansea's first effort on target after 13 minutes, shrugging off the attentions of Vlad Chiriches before forcing Hugo Lloris into a smart stop with a long-range drive.

Bony flashed a shot wide seven minutes later and the Ivorian then rattled the crossbar with a venomous strike from outside the penalty area.

Spurs' attack had looked out of sorts for much of the half but Adebayor found the net with their first real effort of the game. Eriksen's pinpoint cross was met by the former Arsenal striker, who registered his fifth goal in eight games from close range.

The goal sparked Spurs into life and Adebayor could have had a second six minutes before the break, only for Gerhard Tremmel to keep out his vicious volley.

An own goal from Chico double Spurs' advantage early in the second half, with the Spaniard diverting Walker's cross into his own net after Roland Lamah had failed to track the right-back.

Adebayor then scored his second 19 minutes from time, calmly collecting Danny Rose's cross and rolling the ball past Tremmel just moments after Mousa Dembele had spurned a glorious chance to extend the lead.

That strike effectively wrapped up all three points to help Spurs to their fifth consecutive away win in the Premier League – the first time the north Londoners have managed such a run since the 1960-61 campaign.

Bony, a rare bright spark for the home side, eventually got on the scoresheet with an expert volley after 78 minutes, though his 14th goal of the season made little difference to the result.

The loss means Laudrup's men remain just three points above the relegation zone ahead of clashes with Fulham, West Ham and Cardiff City - all of whom occupy spots in the bottom four – while Sherwood remains unbeaten in the league for Tottenham.

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