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December 16, 2012 1:30 PM GMT
White Hart Lane — London
Referee:‬ M. Dean‎
Attendance:‬ 35783‎
 
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Tottenham 1-0 Swansea

Andre Villas-Boas' side looked to be on course for a frustrating afternoon after a valiant display from Ashley Williams, yet Jan Vertonghen's second-half winner ensured victory

By Andrew Kennedy

  • Hugo Lloris
    46
    3
    3.00

    Hugo Lloris

    Never tested in truth by an unproductive Swansea attack, but at times did look uncertain in his decision making. Was brave when punching the ball clear in the dying minutes as Michu looked to be through on goal

  • Jan Vertonghen
    77
    3
    4.00

    Jan Vertonghen Top of the Match

    Much the same as Gallas, the Belgian centre-back was very rarely troubled, yet was defensively sound when challenged, showing great strength in the air. However, his biggest impact came at the other end of the field, with a great half-volleyed finish to give Spurs a deserved lead.

  • William Gallas
    29
    8
    3.50

    William Gallas

    Very little to do for the veteran centre-back, with Swansea failing to create in the final third. However, was solid when called upon and always alert despite the lack of attacking threat.

  • Kyle Naughton
    25
    11
    3.00

    Kyle Naughton

    Played most of his game in the opposition half, with little attacking threat posed to him at left-back. Saw plenty of the ball, yet wasted it at times with a number of crosses failing to hit their target. Was on hand late with a vital intervention to stop Swansea on the break.

  • Kyle Walker
    30
    9
    3.50

    Kyle Walker

    Was unlucky to see his rocket of a drive bounce off Tremmel's shoulder, and with his defensive duties less taxing this afternoon, he was free to break down the right and stretch the Swansea back line when needed. Should have tested the goalkeeper again on the break, instead, he he hit his shot high and wide.

  • Aaron Lennon
    34
    6
    3.50

    Aaron Lennon

    Exciting display from the winger. After an initially quiet opening 20 minutes, he soon came to the forefront of most Tottenham attacks, with his pace and movement ensuring Davies endured a torrid afternoon at left-back.

  • Mousa Dembélé
    48
    5
    3.50

    Mousa Dembélé

    Silk personified at times, the Belgian midfielder complimented Sandro perfectly in the middle of the park, with the pair certainly having the better of the midfield battle. Teed up Defoe for am early goalscoring opportunity with a delightful back heel.

  • Sandro
    34
    3
    3.50

    Sandro

    A solid display from the defensive midfielder, who ensured that Swansea's fluid play didn't continue into the final third.

  • Clint Dempsey
    25
    12
    3.00

    Clint Dempsey

    Not as effective a performance as the American would have liked, but certainly didn't shirk his duties and linked up well with his fellow attackers.

  • Emmanuel Adebayor
    20
    14
    3.00

    Emmanuel Adebayor

    Stretches defences well and is happy to pull out wide and provide an option when needed. May not have been firing on all cylinders this afternoon, but was only prevented from opening the scoring by a brilliant Chico block. Limped off following an ankle knock to be replaced by Townsend.

  • Jermain Defoe
    23
    13
    3.50

    Jermain Defoe

    Looked the livelier of Tottenham's forward pairing, and whilst he may not have won the battle with Williams, he didn't lose it, and the 30-year-old looked dangerous as ever with a series of pot shots from distance on his 350th Premier League appearance.

Substitutions

  • Scott Parker
    16
    8

    Scott Parker

    Given a brief run out in stoppage time upon his return to first-team action in place of Dembele

  • Gylfi Sigurdsson
    36
    3
    3.00

    Gylfi Sigurdsson

    Replaced Dempsey with 20 minutes remaining to face his former side, and nearly rekindled his inspired performances from his time at the Liberty Stadium with a great late through ball for Defoe.

  • Andros Townsend
    26
    5
    3.00

    Andros Townsend

    Handed 20 minutes after Adebayor was forced from the field due to injury, and helped to continue to stretch the Swansea backline.

  • Gerhard Tremmel
    7
    3
    3.50

    Gerhard Tremmel

    The stand-in shot-stopper did well to thwart a number of efforts from distance in the first half, while he was happy to play the ball amongst the defence as Swansea looked to retain possession. Could do little to prevent Vertonghen's well hit strike.

  • Chico
    7
    7
    3.50

    Chico

    A fine display at centre-back from Chico alongside Williams, the Spaniard thwarted a number of neat one-twos from the Spurs attack, while his key block from an Adebayor shot prevented a certain goal from six-yards.

  • Ashley Williams
    15
    2
    4.00

    Ashley Williams

    A superb performance from the Wales and Swansea captain. Williams was on hand throughout to intercept the ball, winning a host of key tackles and blocks.

  • Dwight Tiendalli
    1
    8
    2.00

    Dwight Tiendalli

    Did not struggle as much as Davies, but his defending was nowhere near as effective as his centre-back pairing. The 27-year-old often resorted to fouling Adebayor, yet he did produce a great cross for Swansea's only real chance of the first half.

  • Ben Davies
    2
    9
    1.50

    Ben Davies Flop of the Match

    The young left-back struggled with the pace and movement of Lennon throughout, and was fortunate to have the on-song Williams to bail him out at times. Unfortunately, his poor header teed up Vertonghen for Spurs' winner.

  • Leon Britton
    1
    8
    2.50

    Leon Britton

    Retains possession well, yet a game like this exposed the creative spark missing from his game at times as he was unable to buck the trend of Spurs domination.

  • Michu
    14
    7
    2.50

    Michu

    Always a danger, Michu nearly caught out Lloris with a spectacular effort from distance in opening 45. Was caught out himself by Dembele in his own half, yet the Spaniard recovered well to block Defoe's resulting opportunity on goal.

  • Nathan Dyer
    6
    6
    2.00

    Nathan Dyer

    A quiet showing from the attacker, who really should have given his side the lead early in the first half, yet failed to make any significant contact with Routledge's gilt-edged cross.

  • Wayne Routledge
    8
    3
    3.00

    Wayne Routledge

    Non-existent for first half, both in attack and in defence. In the second, he was Swansea's biggest, and often only, threat. The ex-Newcastle and QPR man popped up to release De Guzman on goal and then with a cross for Dyer early in the second half, yet both times his team-mates failed to capitalise.

  • Jonathan De Guzmán
    2
    12
    2.00

    Jonathan De Guzmán

    A quiet display from the midfielder, whose only real contribution came at the end of the first half, when his shot on the break went just over Lloris' goal. Otherwise, was dominated in the middle of the park by Sandro & co. Replaced by Agustien after an hour.

  • Sung-Yong Ki
    6
    10
    2.00

    Sung-Yong Ki

    Started the game brightly, and was involved in the Welsh side's positive play in the opening stages. Soon faded, however, to have little impact on the game.

Substitutions

  • Kemy Agustien
    1
    6
    2.50

    Kemy Agustien

    Came on in place of the quiet De Guzman, yet failed to make much impact as Tottenham continued to press on in the closing stages.

  • Danny Graham
    2
    5

    Danny Graham

    Entered the fray late on for Dyer.

Results
 
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