After some incisive play, defensive efforts, missed opportunities and an obligatory Gareth Bale goal, Tottenham Hotspurs have picked up three very valuable points.
They turned up ready for business. Gareth Bale and Jan Vertonghen combined sensationally to fire Tottenham into third position with two memorable goals. Jan Vertonghen’s one-two with Bale was sublime, the touch exquisite still and topped it off with the cheekiest of finishes. Nothing Bale does really surprises anyone anymore. Receiving the ball from Vertonghen in a tight area, one touch and a snapshot saw the ball fly into the net. Despite being 2-0 up, the second half wasn’t without incident. Tottenham really struggled with Swansea City FC’s set pieces, where bargain man Michu found what turned out to be a consolation goal.
Swansea typically dominated possession, reducing Tottenham to counter-attacks — which is just fine for the lilywhites. Spurs are so effective from deep positions because of the pace all the way through the side. Although Adebayor’s breakthrough goal continuously eludes him, Tottenham often looked dangerous whilst attacking, but looked distinctly worried and hurried at the back. The natural width added by the returning Aaron Lennon was a factor in Tottenham’s victory. He may have not had the influence he desired, but he worked hard offensively and defensively. It was undeniably a sound performance from Michael Dawson and Jan Vertonghen, but there was times when Tottenham’s defense looked penetrable. Walker and Naughton at times made it a very narrow back four, leaving space for the Swans to exploit.
Nevertheless, Tottenham were able to persevere and steal the points. It’s an important return to winning ways for Spurs, after two disappointing Premier League defeats. As a bit of a bonus, Chelsea were unable to earn a result at Southampton, pushing Spurs temporarily into third. Sitting pretty up there, it’s vital Tottenham ensure Champions League qualification.