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April 1, 2012 4:00 PM BST
White Hart Lane — London
Referee:‬ A. Marriner‎
Attendance:‬ 36174‎
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Tottenham 3-1 Swansea

Goal.com rates the players on display at White Hart Lane as Spurs overcame the Welsh side

By Greg Stobart at White Hart Lane

  • Brad Friedel
    45
    4
    3.50

    Brad Friedel

    The 41-year-old made a stunning save at full-stretch to deny Sigurdsson but could do nothing about the Icelandic attacker's next effort.

  • Younes Kaboul
    51
    2
    3.50

    Younes Kaboul

    A powerful, commanding display from the centre-back as he bullied Graham and made some powerful challenges. Also good on the ball when he ventured forward.

  • William Gallas
    44
    8
    3.50

    William Gallas

    Used all his experience to marshal the defence. Clever decision making and seemed to have an understanding with Kaboul.

  • Kyle Walker
    30
    6
    3.00

    Kyle Walker

    The England international had an entertaining battle with Sinclair, who he kept quiet with some solid defending. Provided a good outlet in attack but not at his best on the ball.

  • Benoit Assou-Ekotto
    29
    3
    3.00

    Benoit Assou-Ekotto

    The left-back was rarely troubled by Routledge and made good use of the ball, especially when he drilled passes towards Bale and Modric. Perhaps a little weak in the challenge in the lead-up to Sigurdsson's goal.

  • Gareth Bale
    137
    11
    3.50

    Gareth Bale Top of the Match

    Back on the left and back to his best. The Welshman gave Rangel a nightmare afternoon with a performance of pace, power and quality as time and again he raced directly at the Swansea backline. No surprise that he was involved in the Spurs goal.

  • Scott Parker
    61
    6
    3.50

    Scott Parker

    Back to his best after a couple of below-par months. From the first whistle, snapped into tackles as he attempted to break up Swansea's passing rhythm. Set the tone for the performance with his energy and leadership.

  • Rafael van der Vaart
    72
    5
    3.50

    Rafael van der Vaart

    The Dutchman broke the deadlock in the 20th minute with his first league goal since December, sweeping the ball into the top corner from the edge of the penalty area. Kept his discipline well on the right side of midfield and was always a threat in the final third. Swung in the corner for Adebayor's first goal.

  • Luka Modric
    71
    7
    3.50

    Luka Modric

    The playmaker was given license to get forward by Harry Redknapp and produced some real moments of quality including a superb pass in the build-up to Van der Vaart's opener.

  • Sandro
    32
    8
    3.00

    Sandro

    The Brazilian worked hard and did a good job of putting Swansea midfielders under pressure, although he was cumbersome on the ball. Replaced by Lennon in the 71st minute.

  • Emmanuel Adebayor
    92
    9
    3.50

    Emmanuel Adebayor

    Scored the two goals to seal the three points with two almost identical headers. Power and skill occupied defenders throughout the afternoon and made the difference in front of goal when his side needed him.

Substitutions

  • Danny Rose
    16
    7
    0.00

    Danny Rose

    Replaced Assou-Ekotto two minutes from time.

  • Aaron Lennon
    43
    5
    3.00

    Aaron Lennon

    The winger returned form injury in the 71st minute to replace Sandro. Had little involvement before an excellent run and cross as Adebayor sealed the points by heading home the third goal.

  • Jake Livermore
    13
    5
    0.00

    Jake Livermore

    Came on for Van der Vaart in the 85th minute and had a couple of opportunities to show his power.

  • Michel Vorm
    21
    4
    3.00

    Michel Vorm

    Seemed to be caught a little flat-footed for Van der Vaart's opener in the first-half but was generally commanding and made some sharp saves. As ever, excellent distribution to start the visitors' passing moves.

  • Ashley Williams
    6
    5
    3.00

    Ashley Williams

    Stuck to his task against Adebayor and a little unlucky not to get more than a toe on the ball in the build-up to Spurs' opener. Should have scored at the other end in the first-half but his header from six yards bounced into the ground and over the crossbar.

  • Neil Taylor
    7
    5
    3.00

    Neil Taylor

    The Swansea left-back produced a solid performance. Alert defensively - highlighted by a good early block on Van der Vaart - and tidy in possession.

  • Ángel Rangel
    4
    9
    2.50

    Ángel Rangel

    The Spaniard didn't know whether to get tight to Bale or to drop off him. In the event, did neither and was constantly beaten by the Tottenham winger's skill and pace. Better in the second-half.

  • Leon Britton
    8
    3
    3.00

    Leon Britton

    Kept Swansea ticking as he sat deep in midfield and demanded the ball from his team-mates. Always happy to take the ball in tight situations but overrun defensively at times.

  • Wayne Routledge
    8
    5
    3.00

    Wayne Routledge

    Flitted in and out of the game against his former club but did well for Sigurdsson's goal, showing good strength against Assou-Ekotto.

  • Joe Allen
    10
    4
    3.00

    Joe Allen

    Played some neat passes and kept running throughout the afternoon. Was not able to pick the ball up in areas where he could do real damage in the final third. Replaced by Gower in added time.

  • Gylfi Sigurdsson
    36
    5
    3.50

    Gylfi Sigurdsson

    Scored his sixth goal since joining the club in January in the 59th minute, drilling an effort from the edge of the box that bounced over Friedel's hand into the corner. The cool Icelander had previously tested the Spurs keeper with a rasping strike from 25 yards and was constantly a goal threat.

  • Danny Graham
    3
    8
    2.50

    Danny Graham

    Offered a strong outlet as the focal point of the attack but lacked the pace and quality to cause any damage. Had no sights on goal before being replaced by Moore in the 79th minute.

  • Scott Sinclair
    12
    6
    3.00

    Scott Sinclair

    Offered good width without ever really causing problems for the Spurs defence. Impressive work-rate to track Walker.

Substitutions

  • Nathan Dyer
    8
    4
    3.00

    Nathan Dyer

    The tricky winger replaced Routledge in the 71st minute but had no real impact.

  • Mark Gower
    3
    5
    0.00

    Mark Gower

    Came on for Allen in added time.

  • Luke Moore
    2
    5
    0.00

    Luke Moore

    Replaced Graham in the 79th minute but fared no better.

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