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December 16, 2012
• 8:30 AM
• White Hart Lane, London
Referee: M. Dean
• Attendance: 35783
J. Vertonghen 75'
Swansea had zero attempts on goal, but were excellent at the back. Williams was especially good, thwarting waves of Tottenham attacks, while Tremmel was solid in goal. Eventually Tottenham made the breakthrough, and held on with relative comfort.
Lloris was never overly tested by Swansea, but left his line to make several proactive punches and prevent danger from developing. Tottenham had been frustrated by the Swans and their organised defence, though created enough to merit the win, with Vertonghen volleying in the winning goal.
FULL-TIME! It's all over and Tottenham have picked up a huge three points and climb to fourth in the table. At last Spurs have managed to hang onto a lead, surviving a late onslaught to record only their third clean sheet of the season.
90' + 8'
Swansea launch the ball forward but Lennon wins possession and Spurs break. The pacey winger hits the by-line and crosses, but davies clears the ball for a corner. That's it, full-time.
90' + 7'
Yellow Card Jake Livermore
90' + 5'
Yellow Card Jermain Defoe
90' + 5'
Fantastic goalkeeping from Lloris. The Frenchman rushes off his line and punches clear, taking Michu out in the process. Swansea expect play to be stopped for a head injury, but Spurs break and Townsend forces Tremmel into a good, low save when clean through. The Swans, and Chico especially, are outraged and a scuffle breaks out. Michu appears to be OK. Jake Livermore - an unused sub - is booked for leaving the bench and joining in the handbags.
90' + 4'
Gallas concedes a corner which Agustien takes, but it's a poor delivery. The ball is cleared at the near post and Defoe chases after it, but takes Davies out and receives a yellow card.
90' + 4'
Swansea float the ball into the box, and Spurs head the ball clear four times before Sandro eventually blasts the ball out for a throw-in.
90' + 3'
90' + 3'
Dembele comes off to rapturous applause, and there's a huge cheer as Parker makes his return from injury.
90' + 2'
Dembele may be injured, but he's just made an excellent tackle to halt a Swansea attack.
90' + 1'
There will be five minutes of stoppage time. The home crowd boo the announcement, no doubt perplexed by the amount of added time.
Townsend wins another free-kick, offering brief respite for Spurs. Dembele is down and Scott Parker could make his first appearance of the season in his place.
Dembele feeds Sigurdsson, who plays a perfectly weighted through-ball for Defoe. The forward is through, slightly wide of the goal, but shoots straight at Tremmel. A big chance to seal victory missed.
Swansea have yet to test Lloris, with Spurs keeping the ball relatively well and denying any clear-cut chances. Sigurdsson attempts an ambitious shot from long range, but shanks it wide.
Swansea are surging forward, they have a three-on-two opportunity if Michu can make the right pass, but Naughton steps up and wins the ball. Chico is subsequently fouled and his screams can probably be heard from his native Spain. There's real concern for the centre-back, until he hops up and carries on playing.
Townsend steals possession and drives forward before being floored by Chico. Vertonghen takes the free-kick, which takes a huge deflection off Britton and almost diverts into the back of the net.
Yellow Card Chico
Sigurdsson intercepts the ball and plays a first time pass to Defoe. The striker is in, but attempts an extravagant turn and loses possession.
Spurs win a corner which Vertonghen meets. The Belgian shrugs off Chico but heads the ball wide of the far post.
Now, can Tottenham hold on? Spurs have conceded more goals in the last ten minutes of matches (9) than any other team in the league.
Goal Jan Vertonghen
GOAL! Townsend is fouled by Routledge and Spurs are awarded a deep free-kick. Walker sends a delivery into the box, which takes a touch off Davies and falls to Vertonghen at the back post. The Belgian swivels on the ball and volleys it into the back of the net, passing it into the far corner.
Tottenham are huffing and puffing but cannot breach the Swansea defence, who have defended very well to this point.
Adebayor limps down the tunnel, with Townsend brought on in his place. Finally some width for Spurs?
Just as Villas-Boas brings on Sigurdsson, he may be forced to make another substitution. Adebayor has gone down holding his hamstring, though receives treatment on his ankle.
Dempsey frees Adebayor down the left, who tries to find the American with an inswinging cross. Outnumbering the Texan, the Swansea defence are able to clear with ease.
Swansea are on top now. The home side look lethargic and unsure of how to break down the Swans.
Dembele wins possession and reverses the ball for Defoe. The forward takes a touch and fires a shot across goal, but it's always curling away from Tremmel and goes out for a goal-kick.
Ki crosses for Routledge, who looks to be in space, but Lloris expertly leaves his line and claims the ball.
Spurs are struggling to break down Swansea and have no width down the left, with Naughton, Dempsey and Adebayor all cutting inside onto their right feet.
Sandro chips a ball down the line behind Davies and Lennon races onto it. He pulls the ball back to Defoe, who takes a heavy touch and allows Davies to block.
Jonathan De Guzmán
Sandro makes a robust challenge on the edge of his own box and Tottenham break. Defoe drives forward, feigns to shoot, and then plays Walker in. The full-back attempts to take the shot first time, but slips and sends his effort into row Z.
Yellow Card Jonathan De Guzmán
De Guzman drags Dembele down and receoves a yellow card. From the resulting free-kick, Vertonghen sends a high, looping header towards goal which Tremmel tips over. Swansea clear the resulting corner.
Dembele picks up the ball on the edge of the box and fires a shot towards goal. In takes a big deflection and spins just wide of the far post.
Yellow Card Mousa Dembele
Dembele is robbed by De Guzman, who looks set to launch a counter, but the Belgian pulls him down and receives a yellow card.
Defoe jinks forward before squaring to Adebayor, who in turn offloads to Lennon. The winger returns the favour, finding the Togo striker in space on the edge of the box, but Britton races out to block the shot, hurting Adebayor in the process.
Swansea have made the better start to the half, keeping possession, finding space and creating chances. Spurs have been too direct, too impatient.
Adebayor drives towards goal, running directly at the heart of the defence. He looks to have played a heavy touch, but catches up with the ball and half-scoops-half-strikes the ball towards goal. Tremmel gets down low and parries the ball behind for a corner, which Swansea clear.
Defoe finds space and fires a shot at goal, which takes a deflection and goes out for a corner. Swansea clear the resulting delivery, and Ki plays a marvelous through-ball for Dyer, but the winger can't quite trap the ball.
Michu releases Routledge down the left with a deft header, who then crosses towards the near post. Dyer rises and flicks a header across goal, but can't make a solid connection.
Tottenham - who have scored 19 of their 23 goals at White Hart Lane in the second half - get the game back underway.
Despite Swansea's reputation as a fluid possession team, they've been relying on quick breaks and set-pieces for chances today. Michu came closest for the visitors with an audacious lob. The Swans have been extremely compact defensively and will be looking to sneak a win just as they did on their last visit to north London.
Walker hit a thunderous drive towards goal prior to good chances for Defoe and Adebayor that were thwarted by goal-saving blocks from Williams, Chico and Michu. Lennon has been a livewire, though his end product has disappointed.
HALF-TIME! Tottenham have controlled the game and had the better of the chances, though Swansea have defended resolutely, kept the ball well in patches and given Lloris the odd scare.
Adebayor loses possession but quickly gobbles up Britton, with the ball bouncing to Defoe. He's taken down and the referee awards a free-kick. A committee stands over the ball, but it's Vertonghen who has the shot, powering Lennon's lay-off into the wall.
Sandro passes behind Dembele and Michu latches onto the ball. He's 45-yards out from goal but tries an ambitious lob that has Lloris backtracking, though it ends up well over the bar.
Lennon drives forward again, but Swansea appear content to let him move infield onto his weaker left foot. Eventually he releases his shot, a low effort towards the far post, but it's weakly struck and easy for Tremmel to save.
Spurs flood forward again. Dembele is picked out inside the box, but miscontrols the ball. He manages to prod the ball towards Walker who hits a first time shot from 30-yards. It's a viscous, swerving, powerful effort, but it's straight down Tremmel's throat and the German deflects the ball away.
Swansea win a corner by De Guzman's delivery doesn't beat the first man. Spurs break through Lennon, who embarks on a mazy run before losing possession.
Williams fouls Dempsey and the referee awards a free-kick. Walker tries to play it quick to Lennon, but the winger is offside.
Swansea have dropped very deep, but are frustrating Tottenham. Spurs are passing patiently across the box but can't penetrate the Swans.
Now it is Spurs' turn to play keep-ball, though, like Swansea, they struggle to break down a compact defence.
Naughton and Vertonghen make a meal of clearing an aerial ball which breaks kindly for Tiendalli. The right-back bursts into space and whips a ferocious cross towards Routledge, but he can't quite connect at the far post.
Much better possession from Swansea, but they're struggling to break down Spurs.
Adebayor rolls a lovely pass in behind Davies for Walker, who drives a low first time cross into the box. Dempsey is running onto it but Williams makes another vital block.
De Guzman slides a through-ball behind Gallas for Michu to chase, but the Frenchman recovers well to slide in and knock the ball away.
Dempsey fouls Dyer near the half-way line, and De Guzman floats in the resulting free-kick, forcing Vertonghen to make a smart clearance at the back post.
Lennon and Sandro play a cute one-two which releases the winger. He's in behind the Swansea defence and tries to pull the ball back for Adebayor, but Williams is there to clear. Spurs win back the ball quickly and surge forward again, this time the ball drops to Lennon on the edge of the box but he can't quite get his shot away.
Lennon tricks and jinks past Davies before dinking the ball towards the penalty spot, where Dempsey climbs highest to head towards the far post, but it's easily saved by Tremmel.
Sandro wins the ball and Spurs break forward. Adebayor, once again down the left flank, shifts the ball onto his right foot ready to cross, but stops and moans at a lack of bodies in the box. He offloads to Naughton, whose delivery is over-hit.
After keeping the ball for a couple of minutes, Dembele reverses the ball to Dempsey. The American feeds Defoe, who spins and shoots from the edge of the box, but his tame effort goes wide of the far post.
After Swansea's good early possession, Tottenham have taken charge and should be a goal up.
Adebayor, back on the left flank, beats Tiendalli by the corner flag but is fouled by the Dutchman. Walker's corner is cleared for a second one, which doesn't beat the first man.
Kyle Walker takes the resulting free-kick but fires it straight into the wall.
Yellow Card Nathan Dyer
Lennon races towards the by-line and pulls the ball back for Adebayor. The goal is gaping and the Togo forward looks ready to place the ball in the back of the net, but Chico emerges out of nowhere to block the shot. Naughton pounces on the loose ball but is taken out by Dyer, who receives a yellow card.
What a chance! Michu gifts possession to Dembele deep in his own half. The Belgian strides forward, feigns to shoot and drags two Swansea defenders with him before playing a superb back heel for Defoe. The striker takes too long to fire off his shot, and Michu is able to get back and make a decisive block.
Adebayor drives forward through the middle. He has Lennon to his right and Defoe to his left, and opts for the latter. His pass send Defoe slightly wide, but the in-form forward takes a touch, cuts inside and blasts the ball into the arms of Tremmel.
Defoe breaks down the right and attempts a cross toward Adebayor, but the ball strikes the arm of Williams inside the box. Ball-to-hand and accidental. Spurs recover possession and Sandro shoots well wide.
A rare misplaced pass from Swansea and Williams after a poor kick from Lloris.
Adebayor is drifting out to the left wing a lot early on. He picks up the ball down the channel, offloads to Dempsey and continues his run into the box. The American almost picks him out with a dinked through-ball, but Swansea manage to clear.
Swansea are keeping possession brilliantly, playing the ball out from the back despite pressure from Spurs' forwards.
Vertonghen concedes a corner and De Guzman fires in a low cross towards the front post. Ki flicks it on before Chico tries an ambitious half-volley from an acute angle at the back stick, but blasts the ball over the bar.
Walker dallies on the ball on the edge of his own area, gifting the ball to Michu. The right-back makes up for his mistake though, and clears the danger.
The ball hasn't left the deck yet, with both sides playing considered possession football. Tiendalli gets a chance to break down the right, but his final ball is poor.
The Swans settle into their passing game immediately. Eventually Naughton wins possession and the Spurs players get their first touches of the ball.
Swansea get the game underway.
The familiar sound of 'Duel of the Fates' rings around White Hart Lane as the players walk out of the tunnel. We're minutes away from kick-off.
Spurs have conceded nine goals in the final 10 minutes of matches and scored none – if matches ended after 80 minutes they would be top of the league.
Swansea and Tottenham are two of just six Premier League teams yet to win a penalty this season.
Both teams saw unbeaten runs come to an end last weekend; Tottenham had been unbeaten in five games in all competitions before losing to Everton, while Swansea had their six-match unbeaten run ended by Norwich last Saturday.
Look away Swansea fans, the Welsh club have never won a league match at White Hart Lane.
Our man at White Hart Lane today is Greg Stobart, here's his take on the match: "Good afternoon from north London as Tottenham entertain a Swansea side that have never won a match at White Hart Lane in 14 attempts. Michael Laudrup’s side arrive, however, with fond memories of their two other trips to the capital this season, in which they recorded victories over QPR and Arsenal. The general opinion in the press room is that there will be plenty of goals today between two teams that are fluent in attack but can be shaky defensively. Gareth Bale has not recovered from a hamstring problem in time to feature and Spurs manager Andre Villas-Boas will be looking for a quick start from his team without their star man."
Michael Laudrup has omitted Danny Graham, with Michu picked to spearhead the Swansea attack as a false number nine/centre-forward. Ashley Williams served a one-match suspension against Middlesbrough in the Capital One Cup on Wednesday night, but returns to the starting XI for today’s game. Angel Rangel misses out, with Dwight Tiendalli lining up at right-back in his absence.
Emmanuel Adebayor returns to the starting XI having served his three-match ban, partnering Defoe up front, while Clint Dempsey deputises for Gareth Bale on the left of midfield. There is a spot on the bench for Scott Parker, though Michael Dawson remains sidelined. Jan Vertonghen moves to his favoured centre-back position, with Kyle Naughton starting at left-back.
Swansea subs: Cornell, Monk, Richards, Shechter, Agustien, Moore, Graham.
Swansea XI: Tremmel; Tiendalli, Chico, Williams, Davies; Britton, De Guzman, Ki; Dyer, Michu, Routledge.
Tottenham subs: Friedel, Caulker, Huddlestone, Sigurdsson, Parker, Livermore, Townsend.
Tottenham XI: Lloris; Walker, Gallas, Vertonghen, Naughton; Lennon, Sandro, Dembele, Dempsey; Adebayor, Defoe.
Good afternoon and welcome to Goal.com's live play-by-play coverage of Tottenham vs Swansea! I'm Ewan Roberts and I will be guiding you through all the action from White Hart Lane. First up, here are today’s line-ups…
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